Lithonia man charged in killing of family dog

CONYERS — A Lithonia man is facing animal cruelty charges in Rockdale County after he allegedly killed the family dog after an argument.

According to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Daryl Edward Fleming, picked up his estranged wife and their young daughters at her mother’s home in Newton County around 11 a.m. Friday. The two began to argue as they were traveling back to the victim’s home on Fairway Court.

When they arrived at her home, Fleming “came around to the front passenger side and pulled her out of the car. (The victim) stated he punched and grabbed her by her lower legs and then picked her up in the air and and slammed her backwards onto the ground,” the incident report states.

Fleming then drove away with their children in the car.

The victim apparently left the scene as well, and called her mother and asked her to pick her up in the area of Salem Road, according to the report.

While she was away, Fleming returned to the house, kicked in the front door, went inside and hanged the small dog from a light fixture over the staircase at the entryway, the incident report states.

When her mother arrived, the victim then asked her to take her back to her home on Fairway Court, where they saw the front door was kicked in and the dog had been killed.

Fleming had already fled by the time the RCSO deputy arrived at the scene. He was arrested later that day in DeKalb County and booked on drug and weapons charges, according to RCSO Investigator Michael Camp. Once he is released from the DeKalb County Jail, Fleming, 25, of 3031 Sherbourne Drive, will be transferred to the Rockdale County Jail, where he will be charged with simple battery, criminal trespass, aggravated stalking for violating a temporary protective order and aggravated animal cruelty.