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FIRST ON 3: Woman faces fine for posting pictures of mutilated cat on Facebook; Updated with info from Sheriff's Dept.

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A New Hanover County woman posted pictures of herself with a mutilated animal on her Facebook page, and it's causing quite the stir on the Internet.

The images are so graphic and grotesque, we can't even look at them in the newsroom, but they've piqued the interest of investigators at the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday a woman named Amber Baird reportedly posted pictures on her Facebook profile of her with a mutilated cat. Viewers began emailing us their concerns and links to the disturbing images.

Other Facebook users created the page "Amber Baird Mutilated a Cat?" Most comments are too vulgar to share, but one girl wrote, "This is disgraceful. That cat didn't do a thing. Poor little kitty."

Someone else said, "Yuck...She's from my home town."

Another simply wrote, "Evil."

The creator of the page wrote, "Perhaps she might explain this situation if the group becomes popular enough."

One viewer took a screenshot of a comment exchange between Baird and one of her friends that may offer some reasoning. A friend asked, "Did you kill it?" Baird's response: "Naw, found it on the side of the road."

We contacted the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and found out the images had already made their way into the hands of an investigator. The detective on the case met with District Attorney Ben David Friday afternoon and decided Baird will not be criminally charged because there is no evidence she harmed the cat before it died.

We learned tonight New Hanover County Animal Control has handed down civil penalties against Baird. They include: a violation of health and wellness and teasing and molesting. Baird is required to pay a $400 fee. Detectives continue investigating the numerous death threats against Baird sparked by the photos.

HERE'S THE NEWS RELEASE FROM THE NEW HANOVER COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT:

NHSO Detectives Investigate Reports of Animal Cruelty

After receiving multiple calls from the 911 center and numerous calls to the Detective Division, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into reports of animal cruelty. Detectives began the investigation with reports of pictures on multiple social media sites of a cat being killed and skinned. The suspect, Amber Baird an eighteen year old white female, had posted pictures of herself on a social media site with a skinned cat skull. Investigators interviewed Ms. Baird who admitted to skinning the cat but she stated that she and a friend found the cat dead on the side of the road. After speaking with the suspect and several other individuals, Detectives determined that the elements needed to file criminal charges had not been met due to the fact the feline was dead. According to North Carolina Statutes animal cruelty only applies to live animals.

Subsequently Detectives contacted animal control and have charged Amber Baird with violating County Civil Codes. She been charged with violating Health & Wellness and Teasing & Molesting, she also has been fined $400.00 by animal control.

The investigation is still ongoing due to the fact of the numerous death threats Amber Baird has received. Death Threats are a criminal violation and the NHSO Detective Division is following up on those leads. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Sec. 5-12. Teasing and molesting.

It shall be unlawful for any person to maliciously tease, molest, bait or in any way bother any animal.

(Code 1978, § 3-12)

State law references: Authority to prohibit the abuse of animals, G.S. 153A-127.

Sec. 5-14. Health and welfare.

It shall be unlawful for any person to molest, torture, deprive of necessary sustenance, cruelly beat, needlessly mutilate or kill, wound, injure, poison, abandon or subject to conditions detrimental to its health or general welfare any animal or to cause or procure such action. The term "torture," "torment" or "cruelty" shall be held to include every act, omission or neglect whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death is caused or permitted; but such terms shall not be construed to prohibit lawful shooting of birds, deer and other game for human food, nor to prohibit animal control or its agents or the humane society or veterinarians from destroying dangerous, unwanted, sickly or injured animals in a humane manner.

(Code 1978, § 3-14)

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Sorry Bob

Sorry Bob, but I don't condone killing bulls either. Neither one is right. This is a poor attempt to justify what she did. It's still wrong. Period.

people just dont understand

people just dont understand modern art. the indians used all the parts of a dead body ,,,this is no different,,,the animals were already dead, and were not killed for this purpose,,, i dnt understand this art form nut if people want to expand their mind and save bones and preserve them its alright in my book. this got blown way out of proportion,,,,,

How Low We Have Fallen

How low we have fallen as a civilization when this kind of insanity becomes acceptable. This is not modern art...this is desecration of an animal's body. It is only one step away from desecrating a human body. At one time, this was someone's pet which means it was a part of a family.

How does she top this one? She's going to want to have an even greater "thrill" after all this controversy is over. Mark my words, it's just a matter of time before this girl kills someone and winds up in prison or on death row. She needs help now....sounds like you do too, since you see nothing wrong with it.

Some of us DO understand

Some of us DO understand art, the type you're talking about. But what does this* have to do with art? This is just some hick who thought mutilating a corpse and posting pictures of herself with it would be funny. Or cool. Or something like that.

I understand the art perspective. I have friends who collect bones from dead animals and bleach them to make jewellery, or use them for still art and the such. I also understand that some people have a genuine interest in anatomy (myself being one of them), and so might dissect a dead animal. They don't take pictures of themselves pretending to lick one of its organs and put them up on a social networking site to look hardcore. They don't go "OMG LOLOLOL LOOK AT US WASHING CAT GUTZ OFF OUR HANDS BAHAHAH". There is a distinct difference.

It may be difficult to define what art exactly is, but more often than not it is clearer when something ISN'T art. And this, obviously, isn't.
So she didn't kill the animal- fair enough. Credit where it's due. Everything else, though? No way. Merely an excuse to look cool, and using "we just have a sick sense of humour lulz" as some kind of a half-assed justification. Maybe it started out as a genuine interest in art/science/whatevs idk... but to think these pictures, and their attitudes in those comments/captions, as anything but an indication that the chick is an attention-seeking, troubled maniac is just downright ludicrous.

i know the girl(s)

i know the girl(s) personally also i took some of the photos.. They find roadkill, soak the bones in bleach, and then put the bones on display or in their hair/dreads. this got blown way out of proportion. what you say you understand is RUMOR. there is no doubt what she did was is sick, but there is also no doubt that this has been hyped up by rumors, she's a sweet girl when she's not scraping cat brains with a razor blade.

Nutjob

I sincerely hope this fools family has her committed for evaluation. I saw the photos, not only did she skin and totally dissect the roadkill but she wrote in its blood and made a display for the photos. She posed with the head, holding it to her face with her tongue out almost touching the cats tongue.

She stated she found it on the road, but what type of person picks up roadkill and takes it home to post photos on her Facebook page? Apparently it was a "friend" who reported her and set up the Anti Amber FB page.... what worries me is if this girl is as mentally unstable as she appears what will she do to retaliate? She has a criminal record already, hopefully she is on probation and the photos are sent to her P.O.

Sick

OK, I won't even go there with comments about how sick this girl is because your average normal person already knows this behavior is not normal. Not only is it sick, but it's dangerous. Who knows what kind of disease this cat may have had lying on the side of the road for God knows how long. A dead, rotting corpse is open to many different diseases; and if this girl handled the cat and then had contact with others, she could have spread terrible illness to her friends and family. Unfortunately, the $400 fee will probably be paid by her parents, and she will have learned nothing. This girl needs some serious mental help!

Like we all have heard...

There's more than one way to skin a cat.

What is wrong with you?

What is wrong with you?

You Need Help

You need help as much as she does. There's nothing funny about this, and if you think there is, it only shows your immaturity and lack of compassion.

Correction to my last post

I have a correction from my last post. It wasn't her sister that said that.. it was Amber that said her best friend was bitten by the cat and "they wanted to kill it but it never came around again, just like it had known they would have killed it." One last point that I would like to make and I'll be done here for good. How can she stand the stench of rotting flesh ("roadkill that they found on the road") and then be able to bring that into their house and then able to skin it. IMO there is no way they could stand the smell if they just found it on the side of the road like they said, without even having to wear a mask. Those poor animals had to have been just killed. Just give it some thought, I'm not rushing to judgment here, but her story just doesn't make any sense! I can't believe the DA doesn't take these things into consideration before deciding to not press any criminal charges for animal cruelty. I believe they need to investigate the matter further.

D/A and his staff

This is the same D/A and staff that refuse to investigate alleged premeditated perjury committed in New Hanover Court, not having the time to uphold the high level of Justice we deserve and expect as taxpayers. If it doesn't advance their political career, it's not important to them.

Not only did the DA REFUSE

Not only did the DA REFUSE to investigate the "alleged" perjury that was done in a New Hanover County Court, ( in WAS done in a Courtroom where the hearings were RECORDED!) The DA REFUSED to investigate and swept it under the rug,guess if you are a Deputy it's OK to commit perjury....."Good Ol Boys Club" won't touch you....but God forbid you are John Doe average tax payer....you will be paying thousands of dollars in attorney fees just to stay outta jail.....REMEMBER "Deputies don't lie"

A little common sense goes a long way

I actually saw the horrible pictures myself and I don't recommend anyone's curiosity get the best of them. The pictures are very very disturbing to say the least. Maybe someone who has seen them though can answer this for me, because I just don't get it. My question is how in Gods name can old roadkill be as bloody as this cat was when she was picking it apart in her pictures? If it was old roadkill, how can it possibly have that amount of fresh blood to scrawl the words "I love you" in the poor cats blood? As I see it the only possibility can be that the cat had just been killed or indeed it was fresh roadkill. It just doesn't add up and doesn't make any sense at all. Amber had also posted a comment under one of the pictures that she wanted to kill a "gray cat" that had bit her sister. Did anyone other than me notice that the cat she skinned was also a gray cat? And what about all those other animals she skinned too? How about that picture of her skinning the bird. Did it just fall from the tree too because it was pretty bloody also. Common sense tells you that it's more likely that she is killing these animals somehow before she skinned them. The possibility is that she could have just seen it killed, but it seems VERY unlikely. In my lifetime I haven't came across one cat that just died as fresh roadkill. Have you? And one more question. I saw another comment that she claimed the cat was feral... How does she know it was wild if she found it dead? Explain that too please.

Is this the same Amber Baird

Is this the same Amber Baird listed on the North Carolina Department Of Correction Offender Public Information website
with a record dating back to at least age 16 ?

No doubt

This kid is majorly disturbed. Has been in trouble for a long time and the parents just ignore it. She is on the path to becoming a female Jeffery Dahmer!

Animal abuse often leads to child abuse

It really doesn't matter whether she killed the cat or just did disgusting things to it after it died. It's not normal.

Don't ever forget about Zahra Barker. Supposedly she was already dead when her father disposed of body parts the next day in various locations.

Acts of cruelty to animals are not mere indications of a minor personality flaw in the abuser; they are symptomatic of a deep mental disturbance. Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals don’t stop there—many of them move on to their fellow humans. “Murderers ... very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids,” says Robert K. Ressler, who developed profiles of serial killers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).(1)

Studies have shown that violent and aggressive criminals are more likely to have abused animals as children than criminals who are considered non-aggressive.(2) A survey of psychiatric patients who had repeatedly tortured dogs and cats found that all of them had high levels of aggression toward people as well.(3) According to a New South Wales newspaper, a police study in Australia revealed that “100 percent of sexual homicide offenders examined had a history of animal cruelty.”(4) To researchers, a fascination with cruelty to animals is a red flag in the backgrounds of serial killers and rapists. According to the FBI’s Ressler, “These are the kids who never learned it’s wrong to poke out a puppy’s eyes.”(5)

I think that the photos that

I think that the photos that were linked clearly show that she wrote "I love you" in blood. If the cat was found dead on the road there would not be enough blood to write a disturbing message it let alone cover the cardboard they had it laying on. It only takes hours for the blood to congeal after death. I hope the investigators will take this into consideration.

Did anyone ever stop to

Did anyone ever stop to consider that she might have actually found it on the side of the road like she said?

No, because that is BS. Why

No, because that is BS. Why on Earth would anyone defend this psycho?

Darlin you would stick up

Darlin you would stick up for this "thing". Guest666? wouldn't Surprise me that you dont have a swastika on your forehead too.

Doesn't Matter

It doesn't matter if she found it along the side the road. She still brought it home and skinned it and then posed pictures on Facebook of her pratically sticking her tongue down the cat's throat! For Pete's sake...doesn't that seem insane to you? What's wrong with you people?

That animal was freshly killed

The evidence is in the gruesome photos. An animal that has been dead for a period of time would not be so bloody. This fiend KILLED that cat, no matter what she says.

Ok, no criminal charges is

Ok, no criminal charges is understandable. But nothing done to her at all? Guess she needs to shoot a few people in public so that everyone will look back at these actions and say "what's wrong with the system?".

This is clearly an opportunity to get inside her head before it is too late.

i mean it said she had to

i mean it said she had to pay 400$, thats cool

Sicko...

I sooo agree...if she takes such delight in mutilated animals, what is in her house, car...let alone her head! It is a shame that, as in this case, the law may miss a chance to delve into a sick head & the next time her name/adress comes thru the 911 dispatch they will wish they had done ANYTHING to her now...maybe the humiliation will tip her to worse?? OR will she take a little "internal inventory" & realize what she has done?? I AM GLAD they put her on the news...neighbors, watch her...

We can only hope....

...that the next time Ms. Baird visits a zoo, an escaped leopard or tiger returns the favor.

I only hope she has Michael

I only hope she has Michael Vick with her so that they may both meet the same fate!

Wow. Over the line.

So she posed for a picture with a deceased cat. That sure justifies hoping she gets mauled to death. You people are a bunch of lunatics. Yeah, there's something wrong with her for taking the photo she did, but threatening to kill her, that's going too far!

A person like that deserves

A person like that deserves to be tied down and have her piercings riped out of her ugly face with pliers.