According to Special Operations Cmdr. Stacey Deans, investigators acted on a tip that led them to the whereabouts of 24-year-old, LaDerrick Rostchild, of Moss Point. Police located Rostchild at an apartment complex located at 6525 Shortcut Rd. where he was arrested without incident.
An address unveiled in the video's comments yielded a Moss Point street name and address. After Pascagoula residents were alerted to the video, they then alerted the Pascagoula Police Department Facebook page, who in turn notified the Moss Point police about the video, which started their investigation.
Dec. 14, the dead cat was found not too far from the residence which the scalding took place. That address later led police to a home in the 6200 block of Henry St. in Moss Point where investigators found supporting evidence which signified the scalding happened at that residence.
Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence then became involved in the case on Dec. 20 where he released a statement citing the numerous calls he had received from concerned citizens.
"What is depicted in the video is disturbing and cruel. I can ensure that this matter will be taken seriously and handled in accordance with the law," Lawrence said.
Police began to follow leads which led them to their first suspect, 23-year-old Karmen Coleman. Coleman was charged with rendering criminal assistance and later turned herself in Dec. 23.
After further investigation, police named Larry Rostchild Jr., 43, and Laderrick as additional suspects for committing an act of animal cruelty. Larry later surrendered Dec. 28.
If convicted, Coleman could face up to a year in jail and $1,000 fine - both men were charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, face up to six months in jail, and a $2,500 fine.
Moss Point Police thanked the community, Pascagoula Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff Department and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for their support in this investigation that led to the apprehension of the suspects.
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