|Birth: ||Nov., 2009|
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 2010|
Masterpiece was a cute baby alpaca.
This is almost too sad to post, but it really happened and I felt compelled to put the story here.
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Update April 2011
Here is judges address and phone number, who will prosecuting this case.
Please call or write the judge and reporter to voice your opinion on this terrible event.
KATHLEEN DOBROZSI ROMANS
JUDGE, JUVENILE DIVISION
BUTLER COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
280 N. Fair Avenue • Hamilton, Ohio 45011 • (513)887-3307
Baby alpaca stolen and beaten to death by Ohio teens
MIDDLETOWN - While authorities investigate the disappearance of a second alpaca from Madison Township, a Butler County grand jury will consider whether to indict a 22-year-old woman for allegedly aiding two teens accused in the fatal beating of the first alpaca.
Following a hearing Wednesday, Middletown Municipal Judge Mark W. Wall found sufficient evidence to send the case of Stacie Mullins, of Madison Township, to the Butler County grand jury.
She is accused of driving two 17-year-old boys to and from the Madison Township farm of Jeffrey Pergram, whose 3-month-old baby alpaca, Masterpiece, was found beaten to death in a Montgomery County barn.
The boys are being held in the county Juvenile Detention Center awaiting a March 30 Juvenile Court hearing.
Prosecutors want a judge to transfer the boys' cases to adult court, where they would face harsher penalties if convicted. The teens are charged with vandalism, theft, animal cruelty, breaking and entering and evidence-tampering.
Meanwhile, the Butler County Sheriff's Office released a report Wednesday that shows Masterpiece, whose owner last saw him alive Feb. 5, was actually the second alpaca reported missing from Madison Township.
In a report filed Feb. 3, another alpaca owner, Jonathan Garner said that, on Feb. 1, he found an adult alpaca "laying down and lethargic," and that it "appeared to have been sedated." He also noticed that a younger alpaca, which is not described in the report, was missing. "After checking his fences, he found no way that the missing alpaca could have gotten out," the report says.
A woman who identified herself as Diana Wright Garner posted a message on the Facebook page, "Justice for Masterpiece," seeking help in locating her missing alpaca.
She said the animal named Jubie is a silver-gray female weighing about 90 pounds. "Any info or tip appreciated as I just want closure and I'm sure my vigilant neighbors would appreciate not being suspicious of any unknown car on our street," she wrote.
Attempts to contact the Garners were unsuccessful.
Asked whether the disappearance of Jubie could be related to the Masterpiece case, Sheriff's Lt. Mike Craft said investigators had so far found no evidence of any link. But he also said detectives were still investigating.
This terrible crime happened last month in Middletown, Ohio and the youth is going in front of judge on Wed.
Article out of Middletown Journal New
Contributed photo by Jeff Pergram Masterpiece, a three-month-old alpaca, was beaten to death last month, and a 17-year-old boy faces charges of animal cruelty, breaking and entering and tampering with evidence in the case.
Nick Graham Rebecca Hardin stands in the yard where she and Jeff Pergram raise alpacas at their home in the 7400 block of Browns Run Road in Madison Twp. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. A 17-year-old boy has been charged with beating one of the alpaca to death last month.
Teen who beat alpaca to death appears in court; more arrests pending March 1, 2010
By Lauren Pack, Staff Writer
Updated 2:27 PM Monday, March 1, 2010
HAMILTON — A second teenager has been arrested in connection with the beating of a baby alpaca, according to Butler County Sheriff's deputies.
"He is there (at the juvenile detention center) now," Lt. Mike Craft said at 11:15 a.m. this morning, March 1.
He said charges are pending against against a third adult suspect, who is also expected to be arrested today.
A 17-year-old boy arrested Friday, Feb. 26, appeared with his attorney, Paris Ellis, for an arraignment this morning where he was ordered to return to the juvenile detention center until a pretrial hearing at 11 a.m. March 11 before Judge Kathleen Romans.
He is charged with animal cruelty, breaking and entering and tampering with evidence.
The animal was at a farm in the 1700 block of Browns Run Road in Madison Twp., and had been reported stolen on Feb. 19. Jeffrey Pergram, who reported the animal missing, told deputies the theft of the 3-month-old alpaca, named Masterpiece, occurred on Feb. 5. A trail of blood was found leading from the fence line north on Browns Run, according to the sheriff's report.
Deputies say those involved beat the alpaca and took the animal away in a truck and beat it again until it was dead before dumping it in an abandoned barn on Elk Creek Road in Montgomery County.
Contact this reporter at (513) 820-2168 or email@example.com.
Woman, teen boys accused of beating baby alpaca to death
A 22 year old Butler County mother and two teen boys are facing charges after they allegedly beat an alpaca to death.
Sheriff deputies say Stacie Mullins and the two 17 year old boys attacked the animal at a Madison Township farm, about a half hour to the northwest of Cincinnati, on February 5th.
The alpaca, which was only three months old and was named "Masterpiece" by his owner, Rebecca Hardin, was hit over the head by some kind of blunt object. Prosecutors say when the teen boys realized the animal had not died, they dragged it from the fenced-in area where it was grazing, put it in a vehicle, and drove to an abandoned barn where they beat it some more, until it died.
Mullins is charged with complicity for allegedly driving the teens to the farm. She will appear in Middletown Municipal Court on March 3rd. Mullins told Local 12 WKRC-TV that the teens are friends of her brother, and that she has received death threats since being named as a suspect.
The teens face more serious charges of breaking and entering, cruelty to animals, and tampering with evidence. But the most serious of those charges carries only a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail. Alpacas are considering livestock, and more serious felony charges for animal cruelty are reserved for cases involving house pets.
Alpacas are cousins to camels and llamas. They are native to the high Andes Mountain countries of Peru, Chile, and Bolivia but are often raised on farms here in the United States and are valued for their fleece, which hypo-allergenic. They are considered to be gentle and easy to train.
Created by: Susie Hyde
Record added: Mar 03, 2010
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