A mother violently beat a cat, then snapped its neck in front of her children, police say.
Ariane Borg, 38, faces child abuse and animal torture charges for the alleged attack that left her 10-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son ‘crying hysterically’ on on September 15, 2018 in Holladay, Utah.
When interviewed by police, Borg’s young daughter said that ‘her mom “goes crazy” nearly every night’ and told police that she saw her mom ‘hold the cat by the legs and pound it repeatedly on table’ before allegedly snapping its neck.
The girl said when she tried to save the cat, her mother ‘hit (her) on the arm, resulting in a large bruise,’ according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Police responded to the home and found the dead cat in the yard and Borg ‘covered in blood’ from ‘multiple self-inflicted stab wounds in her abdomen and wrists.’
‘The home was in disarray with broken items scattered about and blood throughout the apartment,’
Borg was arrested and charged on January 17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her lawyer said that she has mental health issues.
‘(She) spent most of her life battling with depression,’ said Steven Burton, Borg’s attorney.
According to Burton, Borg’s doctor ‘adjusted her medications’ in July, which is when ‘her mental health began to spiral downward.
‘Ariane suffered a critical manic episode. She believed that she and her family were being attacked and she injured herself and a beloved family pet while suffering from those delusions,’ Burton said.
‘Luckily, she did not end her own life, but spent several days in the hospital and multiple weeks being treated for her injuries and illness.’
According to police, one of Borg’s children has been seeing a therapist following the gruesome incident in attempts to heal from the trauma she suffered that night, KSTU reported.
Borg’s bail was set at $100,000 and she was held at Salt Lake City Jail.