Watkinsville teen accused of stomping duck to death
WATKINSVILLE, GA (CBS46) -
A 13-year-old has been charged with cruelty to animals after police said he stomped a duck to death.
The incident occurred July 3 in Watkinsville in Oconee County on Greensboro Highway in front of the Georgia Farm Bureau.
"One big stomp, and you could tell it was over," said a man who witnessed the incident but did not want to reveal his identity.
According to the man, the teen chased a hen and her eleven ducklings across the road. As they scurried to a storm drain for safety, the boy managed to stomp on a straggler, killing it.
The witness said the teen told him he did it because, "they were chasing me". He also said the teen did not seem upset or bothered at all.
When police arrested the teen, they found two knives and a flask of vodka on him.
According to the police report, the teen's parents told police he suffers from Asperger Syndrome, a high-functioning form of Autism, although he does not receive treatment for it. They also said "he has become fixated on survival techniques" and that "this is not the first time that something like this has happened".
Alecia Provenzano works at Georgia Farm Bureau. She said she and her co-workers have been feeding the mother duck for at least two years and consider her a pet. "She comes up to the door and squawks for us to feed her, and she's actually eaten out of our hand."
She was heartbroken to hear of the young duck's death, a duck she estimates to be about a month old. "It was sad for all of us; we were upset because those are our little children running around here."
The teen was charged with one count of animal cruelty and was released into his parents' custody. His court date has not been set.
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