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Crime Teenage girl charged with murder after police say she tied down and killed an animal rescue advocate

00:15  11 november  2019
00:15  11 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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A teenage girl has been charged with murder after a man well known in his town for rescuing animals was killed and left naked tied to his bed. Ajahnae Smaugh,14, is accused of beating Albert Chernoff, 59, to death with a blunt weapon in his home on Monday last week. She is also charged

A 14-year-old girl has been charged with the murder of a well-known animal rescuer who was found tied to his bed naked and beaten to death at his The teenager , who surrendered to police on Thursday, is also charged with tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice, and possession of an

a man holding a cat: Albert Chernoff, 59, was found dead in his home last week.© Al Chernoff/Facebook Albert Chernoff, 59, was found dead in his home last week.

A 14-year-old girl was arrested and charged with murder after police say she tied down and killed a 59-year-old Philadelphia man known for his animal rescue efforts.

Philadelphia police said they responded early November 5 to a report of a man in distress. Police entered the home and found a man, later identified as Albert Chernoff, partially tied to the bed with a massive head wound and several slashes to his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The girl , whose name was being withheld by The Inquirer until the process was completed, also was facing charges of tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice, and possession of an instrument of crime, police said . The girl surrendered to homicide detectives Thursday.

A 14-year-old girl has been charged with murder after allegedly beating a well-known animal rescuer to death. Family members arranged for the teenage girl to be turned over to authorities after identifying her in a surveillance video released by police , Acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner

A female was seen leaving the property before police arrived, and police released surveillance video from inside the home in an attempt to identify her. The girl, who is 14, arrived with her mother and two defense attorneys to turn herself in, police said.

She was arrested November 8 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 27, court documents show. Given her arrest, the surveillance video has since been removed, police said.

Police have not named the girl.

Jane Roh, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia district attorney, said officials have not decided whether to proceed in juvenile or adult court.

One of the teenager's attorneys, Howard Taylor, told CNN the girl is currently in juvenile detention.

"It's a very sad situation. Troubled girl. There's a reason police aren't saying much," Taylor said. "There's a lot more to it."

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Philadelphia police said Albert Chernoff, 59, was killed with a blunt weapon Monday at around Police said that a 14-year-old girl turned herself in to police with her lawyer. It's unclear if the girl Well-known Philadelphia animal rescuer Albert Chernoff, 59, was found dead in his home early

In addition to murder , the teen is also facing charges of tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice and possession of an instrument of crime in connection with Chernoff’s death, according to the Inquirer. Chernoff, who was also an Army veteran, cared for a number of animals in his home

When asked whether she was a victim, he said he "wouldn't put it to that extent," but added that "he wasn't totally innocent, either."

Chernoff was a well-known animal rescue advocate in Philadelphia. In the wake of his death, the makers of the documentary film "The Cat Rescuers" shared a short video of Chernoff, showing his cat tattoos, and praised his "warmth and affability."

"The world is just a little bit colder today without this wonderful human being. Please take a moment to tell the cat rescuers in your life what they mean to you. We will never forget you, Al," their Facebook post read. "We lost a gracious soul."

In addition, Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia praised him in a Facebook post after his death.

"The animal rescue community, and especially the cat community has lost an amazing man," the group said. "He was one of the kindest people I've ever met and he would do anything for anyone. You are already missed and there is a hole in the heart of every cat rescuer that will never be filled."

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