Reward offered in Moss Point cat scalding death

Reward offered in Moss Point cat scalding death
Laderrick O'Neal Rostchild, 24, was taken into custody Friday in connection with a viral video of an cat being tortured. (Photo source: Jackson County Sheriff's Dept.)

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A reward is now being offered in the scalding death of a cat in Moss Point. In Defense of Animals is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of 24-year-old Laderrick O'neal Rostchild.

Moss Point police have been searching for Rostchild since Dec. 27. He is wanted for aggravated cruelty to an animal for his alleged involvement in an animal cruelty video that went viral on social media. His uncle, Larry Rostchild, Jr., and a woman, Karmen Coleman, turned themselves in to police back in December in connection to charges in this case.

Police said on Dec. 13, 2016, they began investigating that viral video. Investigators said they found evidence revealing the crime happened at 6237 Henry St., and the dead cat was found not far from there. An autopsy found the cat suffered thermal burns over the majority of its body.

If you have any information about Rostchild, please contact the Moss Point Police Department at 228-475-1711 or Crime Stoppers at 800-787-5898.

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