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Man strangled 2 kittens found in shallow grave, Wilmington police say

Posted May 11

Daniel Eligha Knotts

— A Wilmington man was charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly strangled two kittens that were found in a shallow grave.

Daniel Eligha Knotts, 19, was charged with one count of cruelty to animals, according to NBC affiliate WECT. He was jailed under a $5,000 bond.

Wilmington police said they received a call around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a possible animal abuse incident that happened at a home on Graham Street. The television station reported that responding officers searched the backyard and found the kittens buried in a shallow grave.

Police told WECT that Knotts admitted to strangling the kittens, which belonged to an unspecified family member. Someone else buried the cats, police said.


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  • Andy Jackson May 11, 5:44 p.m.
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    One sick body breathing air.

  • Janet Ghumri May 11, 5:08 p.m.
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    Isn't that one of the first signs of a psychopathic serial killer? He needs to be punished severely, although it may not change what he may do in the future. POS

  • Teresa Engel May 11, 12:34 p.m.
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    He's not a man. He's a monster.

  • Eric Rothman May 11, 11:03 a.m.
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    Send this human POS to the chair!!! If you can do this to a defenseless animal, humans aren't far behind

  • Chanel Spencer May 11, 10:30 a.m.
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    The makings of a serial killer.

  • Sydney Blueyez May 11, 8:35 a.m.
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    This guy makes me sick. Anyone who can take pleasure from killing a defenseless animal is just sick. I see a future murderer in the making. I think they should lock him up and throw away the key.