Austin J. Witek, 25, is facing criminal charges in a horrific case where he allegedly stomped a family’s pet rabbit and fish to death. The question is now what to do with his parental rights in terms of a permanent or temporary suspension.
Witek was having a fight with his wife when he allegedly decided to start killing pets. He is accused of slamming the family rabbit on the ground in front of his four kids and then stomping it to death. He then reportedly tried to kill their fish after busting the fish tank.
He is charged with felony domestic violence, animal cruelty, and misdemeanors of animal cruelty and interference with reporting a crime.
In such a case of such unhinged cruelty, should a court bar him from seeing his children? In most domestic violence cases, a parent can resume custody. However, in this case, you have a father who is accused of not only committing acts of unparalleled cruelty but doing so in front of his children.
Should he simply be permanently declared as an unfit parent and barred from any custody and unsupervised visits?
Witek was being held in lieu of $4,000 bail.