Sterling woman charged with child abuse, animal cruelty

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A Sterling woman faces child abuse and animal cruelty charges after authorities said she assaulted two relatives and fatally stabbed two dogs.

Aleta J. James, 32, was charged with malicious wounding and abuse and neglect of a child, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Animal control officials on Tuesday issued warrants in the deaths of both small dogs -- a miniature poodle named Estrella and a Yorkshire terrier mix named Domino.

"It's a horrific crime. These dogs did nothing to cause the situation; there were just in a bad spot," said Thomas Koenig, director of the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services.

A 51-year-old female was treated for stab wounds and released from a hospital, and the child, whose age was not immediately available, remains with the family, authorities said.

James remains held without bond.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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