Mother who forced her kid to kill pet hamster sentenced

WARM SPRINGS, Ga. (WTVM) -- The mother who forced her 12 year-old son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer over bad grades has been sentenced to five years, three of which she will serve behind bars.

Lynn Geter pled guilty Tuesday to cruelty to animals, cruelty to children, and simple battery, according to Meriwether County Sheriff Steve Whitlock.

The incident began in January when a Meriwether County school teacher noticed scratches on her 12-year-old student's neck and contacted authorities.

The mother was reportedly upset that her child had earned a poor grade.