A South Carolina woman was arrested Tuesday after police said she made her children, all under the age of five, help her poison their dog.
NBC 4 reports that Tiffany Priester had already been allegedly abusing her three children when their pet dog died. According to a North Charleston Police Department incident report, police got involved after social services investigated allegations of child abuse inside their North Charleston home. The children were listed in the report as two 2-year-olds and a 4-year-old.
The incident report stated while being interviewed by a forensic interviewer with Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, one of the children said that Priester hit him in the face, put her fingernails in his arm, and hit him with both a belt and a plastic hanger. The little boy added that Priester put poison in the family dog’s food bowl, then made him and the other children carry the bowl to the dog.
The report indicated that Priester’s husband hid cameras in the home in an attempt to catch her abusing the children, NBC 2 reports. One of the recordings reportedly showed the suspect swinging at and pushing one of her children.
When questioned, Priester allegedly admitted that she wanted to kill the dog because she was angry with her husband.
Police arrested Priester on October 29 and charged her with unlawful conduct to a child. Her bail has been set at $250,000.
The children are reportedly now staying with a family member. Check back for updates.
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