Man charged with animal cruelty, child neglect in cat-stabbing

March 14, 2008 6:55:06 AM PDT
A Muncie man has surrendered to face allegations he forced his 7-year-old daughter to kill the family cat by holding a knife in her hand and making her stab it. Thirty-nine-year-old Danield J. Collins was being held in Delaware County Jail on $40,000 bond on charges of animal cruelty, battery and neglect of a dependent. The jail had no record of an attorney for Collins.

An affidavit filed today in Delaware County alleges Collins told his 11-year-old son and daughter he wanted them to "learn how to kill" and ordered them to kill the family's pet cat.

Detective Jami Brown of the Muncie Police Department says Collins forced his daughter to hold the knife and then held her hand tightly as he drove the knife into the animal.

The affidavit says the girl also said her father stabbed the cat himself and also strangled it.