Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 | 11:16 a.m.
Area of kitten deaths
Two 11-year-olds accused of throwing rocks that led to the deaths this month of six newborn kittens were ordered today to return to court Nov. 13 to answer animal cruelty charges.
The juveniles, who have not been named, were scheduled to enter pleas today, but a hearing was delayed because mental health evaluations had not been completed.
The juveniles, each facing seven counts of animal cruelty, previously had been placed on house arrest.
Witnesses reported that about 5 p.m. Oct. 9, the youngsters were throwing rocks at a mother cat giving birth at an apartment complex in the 9600 block of West Russell Road near South Fort Apache Road, Metro Police said. Six kittens ultimately died, authorities said.
Clark County Animal Control turned over the investigation to Metro to locate the suspects, who had fled the area. The youngsters were arrested Oct. 18 and booked into Clark County Juvenile Hall.