New York police have finally captured Monique Smith, 19, after a nine-month search in the murder of Sweetie. The victim was a hamster. Smith’s alleged crime began with the untimely death of another hamster, Princess Stephanie.
Theresa Smith, 47, lives with 10 of her 12 children and had bought Princess Stephanie for her nine-year-old son. Princess Stephanie, however, died after Smith’s twenty-five-year son kicked a exercise ball with Princess inside across the room in anger. The hamster flew out and died.
However, the appearance of the replacement hamsters now threw Monique Smith into a rage and she picked up Sweetie and allegedly choked the four-ounce critter and slammed it to the floor — killing Sweetie. A necropsy confirmed that Sweetie “died of blunt force trauma and liver damage.”
Law enforcement agents from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals tracked down Monique Smith, 19, with the tenacity of a Cricetinae.
She could now receive up to two years in prison for aggravated cruelty to animals.
Source: New York Times