A Colorado teen once accused of brutally killing his mother’s cat has now allegedly escalated to murdering a human being.
Bridget Kenner, 44, was discovered dead inside her Colorado Springs home on April 28 following a welfare check, according to a Colorado Springs Police Department press release.
That same day, homicide detectives arrested Cohen Heath, 19 — who is also known as Vinn Heath — as well as a 16-year-old juvenile. Both teens are also from Colorado Springs.
Details about Kenner’s death have not been released, and it is unclear if Kenner and Heath had a prior relationship or knew each other. Kenner worked as a registered nurse at Centura Health.
"We are shocked and saddened to learn of the news regarding Bridget’s death," Centura Health spokesperson Wendy Forbes told Oxygen.com in a statement. "Our Centura - Penrose - St. Francis family sends our deepest condolences to her family and friends across the community. Bridget was a registered nurse with our team and we shall miss her."
Heath was allegedly openly musing about killing people around the same time he was accused of killing his mother’s cat last September. After his mother found her beloved pet dead inside a gift bag, Health allegedly admitted to skinning and mutilating the feline to investigators, local outlet KKTV reported at the time.
Heath allegedly revealed he was high on meth last fall and hearing voices which instructed him to kill something. Heath, then 18, claimed that he wanted to kill a friend who was at his home, and then his mother — but ultimately decided that killing the cat would be more doable, investigators said, according to KKTV.
The teen was accused of taking the cat outside and stabbing it repeatedly before cutting off a paw to make a necklace, according to previous reports. He then allegedly skinned the animal and put its remains into a paper gift bag — where the remains were ultimately uncovered by Heath's mother.
Heath was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and was released last October after a $1,000 bond was posted. He has since failed to show up to court for appearances related to the charge, according to KKTV.
He had an active warrant for a failure to appear when he was arrested last week, according to online jail records.
Now he is being charged with first degree murder in connection with Kenner’s death. The unidentified juvenile has also been charged with first degree murder.
The juvenile was booked into a juvenile hall while Heath was booked into the El Paso County Jail. Heath is being held on a $506K bond, according to online jail records. It is not clear if Heath has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
Anyone with information about the Kenner’s death is urged to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000.
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