Crime

Man wanted in cat’s scalding death surrenders to police

Laderrick Rostchild
Laderrick Rostchild

One of two men sought in the case of a scalded cat death has turned himself in to police.

Larry Rostchild Jr., 43, turned himself in at the Moss Point Police Department on Wednesday, Interim Police Chief Brandon Ashley said in a news release.

His nephew, 24-year-old Laderrick Rostchild, is still at large.

Both were sought on a charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal after police investigated a video of a caged cat tortured by a scalding liquid poured over the cage. The video went viral before the cat was found dead under a house.

A Pass Christian man who wishes to remain anonymous offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to Laderrick Rothchild’s arrest. The Humane Society of South Mississippi also has guaranteed a reward in a letter sent to city officials.

“We really hope the reward will render the capture of the other guy,” police Cmdr. Stacey Deans said.

Investigators have a good idea of the men’s involvement in the case but no details are being released yet.

“We want an iron-clad case,” Deans said.

There’s that and the remaining suspect has not been questioned yet, he said.

Anyone who knows of Laderrick Rostchild’s whereabouts is asked to call Moss Point police at 228-475-1711.

Karmen Coleman, the 23-year-old woman who posted a video of the cat being scalded, has turned herself in on a charge of rendering criminal assistance.

The video was posted Dec. 13. The cat was found dead Dec. 14.

The men face a charge punishable by maximum penalties of six months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Coleman’s charge is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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