Holding the bunny by its ears which caused the bunny to kick in pain and distress, Sandlin began sawing at the bunny's neck, killing it and decapitating it right in front of her crying children (who were about 3 and 6 at the time).
The children told their father and Sandlin was arrested and charged with two counts of Child Abuse for Affliction of Mental Cruelty, Felony Cruelty to Animals, and Resisting an Officer without Violence. The resisting charge came as she was found hiding under a trailer from police when they arrived.
In court, Judge Elijah Smiley felt sorry for Sandlin and instead of sentencing her to prison for multiple years - which he could easily have done as chld abuse is a much harsher sentence than animal cruelty, instead he sent her off for one year of inpatient drug rehab. The judge did say she would be on probation for five years, but then said if she does what she's supposed to, he could end it after just 2.5 years.
Clearly Judge Elijah Smiley is a horrible judge of character because Sandlin has been caught with meth again. Bonus: she's still on probation so she was also charged with violating it. Technically she's supposed to go to jail/prison for the remainder of her term plus whatever new sentences she picks up, but I doubt that will happen. They'll give her a slap on the wrist and send her on her way to continue with the same probation and continue to violate it.
Full Name: Tina Michelle Sandlin
Alias: Tina Michelle Byng, Tina Byng, Tina Sandlin Byng
Arrest Age: 40
Arrest Date: 05/20/2017
Booking Number: 1313914
Location: Bay County, Florida
Total Bond: $3,000
- Violation Description: POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE. Bond Amount: $2,500.00
- Violation Description: NARCOTIC EQUIP-POSSESS - AND OR USE. Bond Amount: $500.00
- Violation Description: VIOLATION OF PROBATION/PAROLE (VOP): CHILD ABUSE X2, ANIMAL CRUELTY