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Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty After Chopping Off Rabbit's Head

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The Bay County Sheriff's Office arrested a local woman yesterday, September 24, 2012, for allegedly beheading a pet rabbit in front of two young children. Tina Sandlin, DOB 12/13/76, was taken into custody by the BCSO Warrants Division at about 8 pm. Deputies discovered her hiding under a mobile home at 320 Newman Point Road in Southport.

According to the two victims, Sandlin was in their home on July 15, 2012, and called them out of their bedroom. The victims described to investigators that Sandlin held their family pet rabbit up by the ears and then took a knife and cut the animal's head off in front of them. The victims described how the rabbit was kicking and stated there was "lots of blood". The victims did not immediately report the incident to family members. Eventually they went to their father to tell him what had happened. Their father stated the children were crying and extremely upset.

Sandlin has been charged with two counts of Child Abuse for Affliction of Mental Cruelty, Felony Cruelty to Animals, and Resisting an Officer without Violence. Sandlin, also known as Tina Michelle Byng, also had an outstanding warrant for VOP on a DUI and DWLSR conviction.

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Information provided by the Bay County Sheriff's Office