Grandma says she killed kittens with hammer because grandkids refused to clean rooms

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GODFREY, Ill. — A woman in Illinois faces animal cruelty charges after admitting to killing a cat and four kittens because her grandchildren would not clean their rooms, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office told KTVI.

A deputy was called to a home in the 5000 block of W. Victor Drive just after 7 p.m. Monday in reference to a report of animal cruelty.

The deputy spoke with a teenager, who said she found her dead cat in the family freezer.

The deputy asked the child what happened to the cat, at which point the child’s grandmother, 71-year-old Josephine Bell, said she killed the cat and four kittens.

Bell said she had told her grandchildren that if they did not clean their rooms they would lose all their animals.

She told the deputy she didn’t feel like she should have to take care of the cat and kittens, so she killed them all with a hammer.

Bell said the kittens had been thrown away and the deputy could not locate them, Dixon said.

An officer with Godfrey Animal Control was summoned and retrieved the dead cat.

Meanwhile, Bell was arrested and charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals.

She remains in custody at Madison County Jail on $15,000 bond.


  • david

    Had grandma just aborted her babies, this would never had happened. Libs would be celebrating kil ling babies

    • Mary Beth Porter

      Exactly. Either or an abortionor birth control would have prevented grandma from being a mother or a grandma.

    • Mikee

      The three of you are really so stupid that you think post-birth murder is the same thing as pre-birth abortion? Don’t let anyone ever accuse any of you of ever using rational logic to create your opinions.


      Why weren’t these children living with their bio-parents instead of with grandmother? The inconvenient is that mommy probably is in jail on drug charges and nobody, including mommy, has any idea who the father(s) are.

  • Alan McCormick

    Poor cats, she should have hit the disrespectful little brats with the hammer instead. Someone needs to start raising better quality children who can follow basic commands. Cleaning your room should be an automatic routine that does not need to be repeated more than once.

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