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Teen Accused of Threatening Child, Torturing Hamster

Posted August 21, 2007 4:49 p.m. EDT

— A local teen was charged Tuesday with terrorizing a child, authorities said.

Joe Willie Harris, 17, of 3637 Lubbock Drive, is charged with first- and second-degree kidnapping, communicating threats and simple assault on a child under the age of 12. He was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $44,000 secured bond.

Authorities said Harris locked a girl in small spaces for long periods of time, and he tortured the girl’s pet hamster and threatened to do the same to her.