Police in Athens have charged 20-year-old Dejion Marquel Roberson with animal cruelty after several witnesses saw him carrying a cat by the neck and kicking it "like he was punting a football or kicking a soccer ball" according to the incident report.
On Christmas Eve, Roberson said the cat ran into his house and pounced on a small child.
Police asked to see the child in question and saw no marks or visible wounds.
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