Mother 'forced son to kill hamster'
A woman is in jail after police say she forced her 12-year-old son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer as punishment for bad grades.
The sheriff of a rural Georgia county said that the boy told his teacher about the killing. The teacher then reported it to state child welfare authorities, who in turn contacted police.
Lynn Middlebrooks Geter, 38, faces charges of animal cruelty, child cruelty and battery.
Police said she remains in jail and it is not immediately known if she has a lawyer.