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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Police now say the child accused of beating a dog to death is younger than first thought and will face felony charges.

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The child, whose name is not being published, is 10-years-old, not 11.

He will be charged with delinquent conduct, animal cruelty torture Thursday morning, which is a state jail felony.

The dog’s owner, Jennifer Knittel, spoke to CBS 11 about the dog’s death.  She says she was not home at the time her Cavalier mix “Cookie” died, but she says a concerned neighbor told her she saw something strange.

“She saw my two dogs hiding under a pickup next door with a kid, an 11-year-old kid, kicking at them, trying to get them to come out from underneath the car,” she said.

Police say the 10-year-old chased Cookie out of her own backyard with a stick, before cornering him and killing him.  A blow to the head killed Cookie, cracking his skull and severing his spine.

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CBS 11 spoke with Knittle about the case after police confirmed charges will be filed.  She says she wants the boy to get help, but at the same time she doesn’t want him to only get probation.

“I don’t want anything bad to happen to him – but I think he needs help.  I don’t even know what the definition of help is at this point but that’s not a normal action.  Kids get in trouble everyday – but that’s not a normal thing kids do,” she said.

Knittle says she tried to speak with the parents of the boy but the family has refused to speak with her. She shared this letter, that she says the boy’s family sent to her.

condolence letter from boys parents


CBS 11 also tried to talk to the parents of the boy identified by the witness, but a man inside the child’s house would not talk to us.

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