Final suspect in Moss Point cat scalding case sentenced to jail

Final suspect in Moss Point cat scalding case sentenced to jail

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The final suspect in a Moss Point cat abuse case was sentenced to 30 days in jail Tuesday morning after pleading guilty to rendering criminal assistance.

Karmen Coleman will also have to pay $549 in fines and perform 200 hours of community service.

Coleman's co-defendants, Larry and Laderrick Rothschild, have already been sentenced for their parts in the scalding death of a caged cat. Coleman testified against the Rothschilds during the trial.

Moss Point police started looking into the case in December after a Snapchat video of the abuse went viral on social media, stirring up outrage in the community.

Investigators said Coleman filmed the video at a home on Henry St. while Larry and Laderrick tortured the caged cat and mocked its cries of pain. Police said the cat was later found dead with severe burns.

Laderrick was found guilty of aggravated animal abuse and sentenced to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Larry pleaded guilty to simple abuse. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and must pay a $1,000 fine. The Rothschilds were also ordered to serve 200 hours of community service at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

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