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Teens accused of drowning kittens to remain in custody
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The two teens accused of intentionally drowning kittens will remain in custody until at least July 17.
Last Friday, the judge was told the boys would enter a plea today. But as of Monday morning, no one was ready. The court ordered a risk assessment and outside psychological evaluation to find out just how big a threat the boys pose, based on why they did what they did.
Judge William Voy cautioned the accused boys to be honest with evaluators throughout the process. They are trying to get to the bottom of what may be behind the teens' actions. So far, the court's clinical staff has done parent interviews and family background checks. In a hearing last week, we learned that one of the boys comes from a troubled home involving alcohol, weapons and domestic violence. That same boy also has a juvenile record.
There's less information on his friend, who's also facing felony animal cruelty charges.
This is the first case to be charged under Cooney's Law, which makes first-time animal cruelty a felony.
"I'm glad to see that the juvenile court really tries to address the issues and get to the core reason of why or how something like this could happen," animal rights activist Gina Greisen said.
The plea hearing has been rescheduled for July 17. At that time, Judge Voy may also deal with sentencing. That could include counseling, and could range from probation to house arrest with GPS monitoring to further incarceration.