Crime

Third person arrested in Moss Point cat scalding

Laderric Rostchild, 24, of Moss Point, was arrested January 13, 2016, on a charge of animal cruelty.
Laderric Rostchild, 24, of Moss Point, was arrested January 13, 2016, on a charge of animal cruelty.

Moss Point police, acting on a tip, arrested a third person investigators believe was involved in the scalding death of a cat with boiling water.

A video of the cat being scalded went viral on social media.

Police arrested Laderric Rostchild, 24, of Moss Point, on a charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal. Special Operations Cmdr. Stacey Deans said Rostchild was arrested for his involvement in the video, which shows a person pouring boiling water on a cat trapped in a cage.

The cat died from the wounds and its body was found under a nearby house two days after the scalding.

Deans said Rostchild was taken into custody, although his specific role wasn’t mentioned.

A video going viral on Facebook appears to show a cat being scalded with hot liquid in Moss Point.

Larry Rostchild Jr., uncle of Laderric Rostchild, had turned himself into Moss Point police last month for his involvement in the incident.

In December, Karmen Coleman, 23, also accused of involvement in recording the video, surrendered to Moss Point police.

Deans thanked Moss Point residents and the Pascagoula and Jackson County authorities for their help in the investigation.

Justin Vicory: 228-896-2326, @justinvicory

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