DECATUR — A Decatur woman is facing charges that she killed four kittens, three of them by throwing or bashing them against a wall, police said.
Elaina M. Chamblin, 25, pleaded not guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class 4 felony. Represented by attorney James Brinkoetter Jr., she is scheduled for a pretrial hearing in Macon County Circuit Court Feb. 26. She earlier appeared in court Jan. 9 for arraignment and waived her right to a preliminary hearing to see if she had a case to answer.
Chamblin's boyfriend and parents told police that she has had "violent mood swings" since she started injecting herself with testosterone as part of a gender transition, according to a sworn police affidavit.
The affidavit also said Chamblin told her boyfriend that she had killed a fourth kitten while sitting in a car and disposed of its body in November. Decatur police Officer Robert Murray said the other three kittens were killed between May and October.
Chamblin’s boyfriend said her attacks on the animals began in May when she took her first dose of testosterone prescribed by a Chicago clinic, according to the affidavit. He said he saw her throw the first kitten against a wall in the garage because she "got mad," and he saw her kill the others by bashing their heads against a wall. The boyfriend said he tried to stop her all three times, but wasn't sure what to do.
Chamblin’s parents said they were told the kittens died in accidents, Murray said. “(They) admitted they had to bury three kittens which they were advised were either hit by a car or stepped on by one of their dogs,” he wrote in the affidavit.
Chamblin’s parents said she never had any issues with being mean to animals before she started taking the medication.
Chamblin is free after posting $5,000 bail with the condition she has “no contact with any animal.”