Therapist says intervention needed for boys accused of killing kittens
A therapist weighs in on recent animal cruelty cases.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The two boys accused of pelting six newborn kittens with rocks as they were being born are home again for the the first time in almost a week.
The 11-year-olds were placed on house arrest after facing a judge on Monday.
Unfortunately, it is not the first time in recent months that minors have been accused of disturbing animal abuse around the valley.
Some people say that "boys will be boys" but local therapist Claudia Schwatz says that this behavior likely stems from something serious.
According to Schwatz, it could be some kind of aggression coming from somewhere else, which is why psychological help is a good idea.
But, it could also be psychosociopathic behavior starting at a young age.
The therapists says that parents should take notice and that without intervention, experts believe these behaviors could escalate later in life.
Much of it boils down to supervision. Experts say that too many kids are spending too much time on the computer and watching television -- watching violent shows or playing violent games. Schwatz says ever parent should be looking over their child's shoulder.
The two teens in the latest case have been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation and both have been charged with felony animal cruelty.
Their next court appearance has been scheduled for Oct. 30.