Colorado teen charged for mutilating cat arrested again for stabbing nurse to death with 16-year-old boyfriend
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO: A Colorado teen who previously admitted to killing her mother's cat has now been arrested on charges of first-degree murder over the death of a nurse.
Cohen “Vinn” Heath, 19, and her partner, Emma “Kenny” Kenner, 16, were arrested over the slaying of the latter's 44-year-old mother Bridget Kenner, who was found dead on April 28 inside the home in the 8000 Block of Fallgold Court.
Kenner was found dead during a welfare check that was initiated after a man reported that she had not been signed in at the St. Francis Hospital where she worked. Her boyfriend had also called and said he had tried banging on her door but that no one had responded.
When police arrived at the scene, they found her body left in the nude in the living room. She had been fatally stabbed, with a knife with dried, smeared blood on its blade found on the kitchen island.
They also found a large amount of blood on the carpet in the master bedroom and a large dresser that appeared to have been ransacked.
Shortly after, they tracked down Kenny and Vinn at a 7-Eleven around a mile away and arrested both of them on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Vinn, who is in a relationship with Kenny, told police she woke up to Kenner screaming and pleading with her boyfriend not to kill her, according to an arrest affidavit. She said she hid in the basement until Kenny came downstairs and explained what had happened.
She said he told her he stabbed her after an argument had broken out after she caught him cutting himself. She said she heard the 44-year-old "breathing deeply" and went to check on her upstairs.
She said she found her lying naked put her hand on her chest to check if she was breathing before trying to wipe down the doorknobs of any prints. Around four hours later, she said she and Kenny heard banging on the front door and escaped through the back door of the house, hopped a neighbor's fence, and started walking to the 7-Eleven.
At the store, Vinn said she tried to buy a prepaid credit card to get an Uber ride downtown, where it would "be an easier place to be homeless than the 'boujee' area they were in." She revealed she had plans to leave the city, possibly to Texas.
Arrest records show she was previously charged with aggravated cruelty to animals last October for mutilating her mother's cat while high on methamphetamine.
At the time, the 19-year-old told a Colorado Springs police officer that she had decided to kill the cat after initially contemplating killing her friend. She said she put the cat in a backpack to muffle the sounds and stabbed it with a paring knife six to seven times “until the cat was no longer screaming or moving.”
She then pulled the cat out of the bag and cut off a front paw because she "wanted to make a necklace out of it." She went on to tell her mother that the cat was missing after it ran through the front door and said she thought it was "kind of funny" watching her mom look for a cat that she knew was dead.
Vinn has been booked into the El Paso County jail on a $506,000 bond, while Kenny was booked into Spring Creek Youth Services Center.