Man is accused of stomping kitten to death in Illinois

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A man from southern Illinois is accused of stomping a kitten to death because he wasn't allowed to take it on a light rail train. DeCarlos Johnson - Foston, 23, is charged with animal cruelty and jailed in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Capt. Bruce Fleshren says Johnson - Foston was at a MetroLink station in Belleville on Friday with a kitten on his shoulder. A security guard told him the cat would not be allowed on the train.

Fleshren says Johnson - Foston slammed the kitten to the platform and stomped on its head, then walked away and left on a bus. Police say they tracked him to a bus stop and discovered he had also stolen a wallet while riding the bus.

Belleville is 15 miles southeast of St. Louis.