An anonymous mother from the UK posted a disturbing story on a forum for young mothers wherein she described finding her lifeless puppy in the garden. She reviewed the security footage taken earlier that day and was horrified when she saw her four-year-old little boy pick up the puppy and throw it out the window.
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The footage. The four-year-old little boy threw the helpless puppy out the window, killing it. He then came upstairs and snuggled with his mother.
Traumatized. The mother said that the little boy eventually confessed to her. She yelled at him with tears in her eyes, and then felt bad for overreacting, worried that she traumatized her son.
Issues. The mother than posed a question to the other moms on the forum--was her son's behavior indicative of deeper underlying issues?
Heated. Comments on the thread became so hostile that the moderator eventually had to delete the entire post. Posters on the forum had very strong reactions to the mom's horrific story.
Toys. One user on the site commented that small children do not always know the difference between animals and toys.
Homicidal maniac. Others commented that the little boy is probably going to grow up to be a homicidal maniac, since many violent criminals do abuse animals as children.
Troubled children. Psychology Today reports: "Troubled children are much more likely to mistreat animals. While less than 5% of U. S. children are estimated to have intentionally hurt an animal, for children at mental health clinics, animal cruelty rates range from 10 to 25%. Prof. Frank Ascione at the University of Denver and Prof. Arnold Arluke at Northeastern University estimate that one in four children and adolescents with conduct disorder have abused animals. Children who have been physically abused and exposed to domestic violence are at even higher risk. In an assessment of 1433 children ages 6 to 12, Ascione found that among abused children, 60% had abused animals."
Psychology Today's Report, Continued. "Animal abuse is often the first sign of serious disturbance among adolescent and adult killers. On Oct. 1, 1997, Luke Woodham, a sophomore at Pearl High School, in a suburb of Jackson, MI, stabbed his mother to death and then opened fire on classmates with a hunting rifle, killing two girls and wounding seven other students. Investigators later found Woodham’s account of his torture and killing of his pet dog Sparkle, which the boy described as his “first kill.” On May 21, 1998, fifteen year old Kip Kinkel shot his parents to death before emptying three guns at his classmates in Thurston High School, Springfield, OR, leaving one dead and 26 injured. Kip had often bragged to others at school about how he tortured animals. Jeffrey Dahmer, Albert DeSalvo (the “Boston strangler”), David Berkowitz (the “Son of Sam”) and Carroll Edward Cole, a serial killer accused of 35 deaths, all recounted animal torture as their first violent act. When counselors at several federal penitentiaries evaluated inmates for levels of aggression, 70% of the most violent prisoners had serious and repeated animal abuse in their childhood histories, as compared to 6% of nonaggressive prisoners in the same facilities."