Woman allegedly killed ex-boyfriend's pitbull puppy by cooking it in oven

URBANA — A judge set a high bond for a woman accused of killing her ex-boyfriend's puppy by placing it in a hot oven.

Kinny Redmon, 24, who listed an address in the 200 block of South Country Fair Drive, Champaign, was charged with animal torture and aggravated cruelty to animals — both felony offenses — for allegedly putting a 3-month-old pit bull in a 300-degree oven and shutting the door.

An Urbana police report said the 31-year-old owner of the dog and Redmon used to date and have a child in common but broke up about six months ago. However, the man allows Redmon to stay at his house in the 800 block of East Water Street in Urbana. On Wednesday, the two got into an argument and the man left the house early for work, leaving his puppy in a crate. Redmon was not there at the time.

While he was at work early Thursday morning, he noticed that he had missed three different calls on his cellphone. Calling the number back, he learned it was a public phone in the emergency department at Carle Hospital. The man told police that Redmon doesn't have a phone and is known to frequent the courthouse and Carle to make calls.

Urbana police investigator Dave Smysor said the woman called him back again and said, "Go get yo' puppy out the oven, (expletive)," then hung up.

Smysor said the man returned home and found his oven on, set at 300 degrees, and a chair pushed up against the oven door. He found the puppy dead inside. Smysor said the man went next door to ask his neighbor if he had seen anyone around his house. The neighbor had not and Smysor said the man then walked to the police department to report what had happened. Police reported an overwhelming stench coming from the house.

Later Thursday morning, officer Jeff Steinberg went to Carle to retrieve surveillance video to see when Redmon may have gone in to make the calls. He found her outside the emergency room area and arrested her about 4:50 a.m. on an outstanding warrant in a misdemeanor case. She refused to talk to police about the dog, the report said. Smysor said the dog owner told police that Redmon suffers from mental issues. Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson asked for a $1 million bond for Redmon, noting the "extreme cruelty and depravity" of the alleged act and her history of not following rules.

Redmon was sentenced in March to a year of probation for disorderly conduct and was ordered to get partner abuse counseling. A petition to revoke her probation was filed alleging she failed to report to a probation officer or get the counseling. Arguing for a lower bond, Assistant Public Defender Dave Appleman said Redmon lives with her parents in Champaign, has one child and is pregnant with another.

Judge John Kennedy set her bond at $250,000, ordered her to have no contact with her ex-boyfriend or his house, and told her to be back in court June 11. Redmon said she wanted to hire her own attorney. State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Redmon's child is staying with relatives and the Department of Children and Family Services has begun an investigation.

Source: www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-06-04/woman-accused-put