Grandma Kills 5 Cats With A Hammer After Kids Don't Clean Their Rooms, Say Cops

05/21/2015 03:35 pm ET | Updated May 21, 2015
Madison County Jail

An Illinois woman is behind bars, accused of killing a cat and four kittens because her grandchildren didn't clean their rooms.

Josephine E. Bell, a 71-year-old grandmother from Godfrey, Illinois, allegedly admitted to the killings when police came to her home Monday evening on an animal cruelty investigation, according to KSDK.

A teenage girl told police she'd found her dead cat in the freezer. Bell reportedly said she killed the cat and the kittens with a hammer after the children in the home neglected to clean their rooms. The suspect told police she didn't believe it was her responsibility to care for any of the pets, according to KMOV.

The investigating deputy could not find the bodies of the four kittens. Bell allegedly said their bodies were thrown away.

Bell was charged with felony animal cruelty. She is being held on a $15,000 bond.

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