ASHEBORO, N.C. – A dad is standing up after his child was blamed for eviscerating and executing various animals– the torment caught in photographs and recordings that were later shared at a North Carolina secondary school.
Joshua Davis, 16, is blamed for lawful offense of animal cruelty after the cold-bloody pictures surfaced at Southwestern Randolph High School.
His family said it’s not the full picture, nonetheless.
Joshua had asked his dad, Brian Davis, to see a psychologist eight months prior and had been going to treatment from that point forward.
Davis said it wasn’t sufficient .
“This is almost like a Jekyll and Hyde thing with him. Nobody expected anything like this. I certainly didn’t,” Davis said in a statement for Fox59.
He said he is crushed after discovering what Joshua is blamed for doing.
Capture warrants gotten by WGHP demonstrate Joshua cut animals with sticks, consumed a raccoon alive, eviscerated the raccoon with a jolt shaper, choked a feline, nailed an opossum to a tree and remove the opossum’s digestive organs.
“I’m so upset,” Davis said. “He didn’t give any sign that he would want to hurt animals and torture them like that.”
While his child is confronting a few criminal charges of animal cruelty, Davis does not think correctional facility time will help.
“I hope we can get him some mental help instead of just sending him to prison,” he said. “Then he’ll be coming out a smarter killer. If he goes to prison, he’s going to come out working on humans probably.”
Maria LeBaron, a brain research teacher at Randolph Community College, concurs:
“It’s an escalating behavior and you want to catch it earlier,” LeBaron said. “Animals are unfortunately the first time we notice these things.”
LeBaron said these practices are disturbing and need quick consideration.
“They’re small [animals]. They’re easily controllable and would probably escalate to larger things,” she said. “Take someone who is struggling and taking out their violent energies on innocent creatures and move that into a constructive social force.”
It’s a battle Davis trusts individuals comprehend and gain from.
“I want people to know Joshua is not an evil thug kid out here doing stuff. My son has extreme mental health issues,” he said. “I had been taking him for mental health treatment. We gotta stop him now.”
The family reveals to WGHP Joshua had taken pictures and recordings of what he did to the poor animals and indicated them to individuals at school.
They trust it was a sob for help.
The Davis family is wanting to work with law authorities to get Joshua the assistance he needs instead of prison time.