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Woman accused of threatening child with knife and throwing puppy from balcony

Clarissa Chino
Clarissa Chino
Booking photo via Albuquerque News

According to Tuesday's KOAT News, an Albuquerque, N.M., woman was arrested for allegedly threatening her daughter with a knife and throwing the a puppy from a second-story balcony.

On Saturday night, police arrested 28-year-old Clarissa Chino after being called out to a residence on a report that Chino had threatened to stab her daughter, hurled a pit bull puppy from a balcony and charged at her boyfriend with a knife.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Chino's alleged tirade began after her boyfriend, James Atkins, asked her to leave his apartment. The boyfriend fled from the irate woman and she allegedly picked up the puppy, named "Queen," and threw her over the balcony, to the parking lot below. KOAT News reported that the puppy sustained injuries from being thrown an estimated 20 feet - one of the pup's legs broke when she hit the ground.

Atkins told the police that when his daughters, ages four and five, ran to try to help the puppy, Chino grabbed the older girl by her shirt and impaired the child's breathing.

According to the arrest record for Chino, she is facing multiple charges for Saturday night's incident, including abandonment or abuse of a child, aggravated assault against a household member, aggravated batter, cruelty/extreme cruelty to animals and kidnap victim/rel without grievous bodily harm.

The woman was booked into jail last weekend on a $45,000 cash or surety bond.

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