A man was arrested in Murfreesboro last Friday after police say he killed a cat in front of several children.
Eric Lee-Knox, 21, is facing one count of aggravated animal cruelty following the incident at a home in the 300 of January Street, not far from the Stones River Mall.
Police arrived to the home around 4:30 p.m. Friday where a witness reported Lee-Knox swung her cat named Onyx in the air by a belt.
The belt was wrapped around the cat's neck causing it to die.
Lee-Knox reportedly told police he swung the cat because he was unsure if it had rabies. He also told police there was a child inside the residence who was allergic to cats and the cat had wandered inside.
While the child Lee-Knox spoke of was not present, officers stated several children were there when they arrived.
According to the affidavit, the children were all crying because they observed what Lee-Knox had done.
Murfreesboro's Pet Adoption and Animal Welfare Services were informed of the incident.
The belt was taken into custody.
Lee-Knox was booked into Rutherford County jail on $2,750 bond.