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2 men charged in connection with torturing baby opossum on Facebook Live in New Philadelphia

Posted at 9:05 AM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 13:42:14-04

Two men have been charged in connection to an animal cruelty case involving the torturing of a baby opossum with a butane torch on Facebook Live, authorities said.

Justin Brill,18, is charged with cruelty to animals, and Brent Vickers Jr., 21, is charged with complicity.

A concerned citizen told New Philadelphia police about a video showing the two men allegedly streaming themselves on Facebook Live torturing opossum with a torch.

New Philadelphia police contacted both of the men, and police say they confessed to the act.

Brill is being held on a $125,000 bond in New Philadelphia City Jail. Vickers is scheduled in court on May 17.

Police do not know if the animal survived.