Lake City man charged with child abuse, felony animal cruelty
Jerry David Barker, Jr. , 26, is being held without bond at the County Detention Facility on charges of felony animal cruelty and child abuse.
Barker is accused of beating an 8-month-old puppy to death in the presence of two young children (under the age of 14).
The Sheriff's Deputies report that Barker tried to get the young boys to participate in the beating, but they refused.
The incident began when two young boys were playing with their puppy in their yard and the puppy nipped at one of the boys.
Barker became enraged and began to ___ (go read the article). It is alleged that Barker tied the puppy to a tree and beat it until the puppy died. He allegedly buried the remains in the yard. Investigators recovered the remains and sent them for an autopsy by a veterinary specialist.
According to the report, Barker lived in the residence with these children and he is the boyfriend of their mother. He is not the father of the children.
Both children have been referred for counseling.