CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia man found wearing women's underwear and standing over a goat's carcass told police he was high on bath salts.
Mark L. Thompson of Alum Creek was arrested at his home Monday. A criminal complaint in Kanawha County Magistrate Court charges the 19-year-old with cruelty to animals.
Sheriff's Deputy J.S. Shackelford says witnesses reported Thompson standing near a neighbor's pygmy goat in a bedroom. He was wearing a bra and female underwear. The goat, a male named Bailey, had at least one stab wound.
Cpl. Sean Snuffer said Thompson indicated he had been high and "wasn't in his right mind."
Thompson was held on $50,000 bond Tuesday at the South Central Regional Jail. Jail records didn't indicate whether he had an attorney and no listed phone number was available.
Neighbor Lisa Powers said she bought the goat on Friday as a gift for her 4-year-old grandson, The Charleston Gazette reported.
"The baby just loved him," she told The Gazette.
Powers' nephew got a call from a neighbor early Monday morning saying the goat was in Thompson's house, Powers told the paper.
"They told him that my goat was wandering around in Mark's house and he'd better come and get it," she said. "They called my nephew because he'd been there before."
The nephew and two women went into Thompson's according to the criminal complaint, The Gazette reported.
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From inside Thompson's closed bedroom, "he told them, 'Don't come in, I'm naked,'" Powers told The Gazette. "But they opened the door and he was standing there with his pants down. He had on women's clothing and the goat was dead and there was blood everywhere. It was just a scene."
Thompson ran out the front door when the nephew asked him about the dead goat, according to the complaint. Police found him several hours later after searching the woods, The Gazette reported.
The police reported that Thompson said he had been on bath salts for about three days.
Officers found the small gray and white goat wearing a pink collar lying dead on the floor, blood coming from its neck, according to the complaint, The Gazette reported. There was a pornographic magazine photo lying a few feet from the goat, the complaint said.
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