FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Frostburg say a 14-year-old boy fatally stabbed a city park duck.
Frostburg police said Friday evening that an investigation led them to the 14-year-old. Criminal charges for aggravated animal cruelty and animal cruelty were forwarded to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.
The youth was released to his parents.
The Cumberland Times-News reports that city workers found a distinctive knife protruding from the dead bird's back Thursday morning.
The Cabela's folding knife has a 3-inch blade etched with the logo of the National Wilde Turkey Federation.
City Administrator John Kirby says the knife is so distinctive that someone will probably know the owner.
The domesticated duck was one of four that were released at the Glendening Recreational Complex about a year ago.
City worker Dave Pennington says he had just returned the ducks to the pond Tuesday. He says they spent the winter in a pen he built for them at his home.