It’s so over-the-top awful that it almost sounds like a parody headline, but that’s the report on AZfamily.com.
Apparently a pair of unsupervised boys, six and seven years-old, stoned a kitten and then strung it up following a Grand Theft Auto session. They reportedly used the controller cable in lieu of a rope.
The incident occurred in late October in Mesa, Arizona, but details are just beginning to emerge. Here’s more from the AZfamily.com coverage:
The investigation began [when] deputies went to the neighborhood of one of the two boys… and found the kitten hanging by its neck from a backyard tree. The boys had apparently used a wire from the video game controller they were playing, Grand Theft Auto, to hoist up the kitten. The animal’s head had been injured by blows from a rock.
[Maricopa County Sheriff Joe] Arpaio questions why these young children were allowed to play such a violent video game.
“This game allows players to kill cops and rape women,” Arpaio says. “It’s little wonder why they perpetrated such violence against that little animal.”
The boys are too young to prosecute under Arizona law and, for some reason, don’t meet the guidelines for intervention by child protective services.