The person behind a sick viral video of a cat being burned with hot liquid has turned herself into police.
The Clarion Ledger is reporting that Moss Point resident Karmen Coleman, 23, relinquished herself mid-Friday afternoon to law officials on rendering criminal assistance charges. According to the police, Coleman participated in a torturous act that saw her and two possible male cohorts purposely scald a caged feline.
In the video, which Coleman initially posted to her Facebook page, the cat is witnessed scurrying and screeching around the small metal entrapment, as it desperately tries to find relief from a clear, hot substance tossed onto it from outside the cage. Unfortunately, the furry creature would succumb to its injuries two days later, with animal advocates finding the lifeless body of the cat lying beneath a nearby building. The cat’s body, according to autopsy reports, was almost fully covered in burn scars.
After sharing the clip to Facebook, a user purportedly inquired Coleman about the cat’s then-current whereabouts.
“The cat is alive and [okay],” the Sun Herald noted her as saying. “I let the damn cat go.”
The video can be seen here. Please be advised, Inquisitr readers, that some may find the visual to be disturbing.
Mott Point police officials believe that the cat may have belonged to someone as a pet, but there are currently no leads to any identities of possible owners. Likewise, the investigation into the identities of the two men who may have been with Coleman at the time of the incident is still ongoing. A warrant for Coleman’s arrest was issued Thursday. If found guilty, she faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Just two weeks ago, another young woman was busted by police for filming a twisted act involving a cat for her social media audience.
As noted by the Inquisitr on December 6, 19-year-old Tikeemah Lassiter, of New Jersey, was arrested after being recognized by a neighbor in a troublesome video that went viral. In that video, Lassiter is seen with others in a Newark apartment that belongs to a relative, holding a cat by the waist, before suddenly launching it out of the third-story terrace window.
The animal, although incredibly shaken from the fall, turned out to be okay and was eventually handed over to the NJSPCA (New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) by a well-known cat caregiver in the area named Yasmin Rivera.
“There are many other friendly cats [around],” Rivera stated. “People treat them very mean [here and] when people move out, they leave them behind.”
Steve Shatkin, the president of the NJSPCA, also spoke out about Lassiter and said that his office was bombarded with phone calls from concerned parties hoping to know if the cat was okay.
“As soon as this incident was posted on social media, our animal cruelty hotline was flooded with calls,” he expressed to the New York Daily News.
“Thankfully, the Newark Police Department requested our assistance on this case and, together, we were able to close this out fairly quickly.”
Shatkin and the NJSPCA ultimately promised the cat, named Karma, to Rivera if no one stepped up to claim it.
Lassiter, who had an open warrant for a past assault on a New Jersey transit officer, was charged with animal cruelty, which is punishable to up to six months in jail. Additionally, a fine ranging anywhere from $250 to $1,000 was ordered to be paid for her part in the crime. No word on if any of those who appeared in the video with Lassiter were also charged for their roles in the incident.
[Featured Image by Moss Point Police Department]