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NC fireman killed kitten and beat up woman, police say

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A Charlotte firefighter has been arrested in Gaston County and charged with assault and animal cruelty.

 Bryan Carlton Barfield, age 29, was arrested early Saturday in Gastonia and charged with assault by strangulation and cruelty to animals.

Barfield also faces three misdemeanor counts including communicating threats and two counts of assault inflicting serious injury. 

The Gaston Gazette, who obtained the arrest warrant, reported that the incident involved a 14-week-old kitten.

The warrant said that Barfield hurt the kitten "by choking it, throwing it against a wall, dunking it in the toilet numerous times, slamming the toilet seat on the cat's head and kicking it across the yard as if punting a football."

The warrant also said that the fireman dragged the woman around her home by a her hair and hit her in front of a toddler, the Gaston Gazette reported.

The woman suffered a fractured wrist, a cut above her eye and a cut on her lip, the newspaper reported from the warrant obtained from Gaston County Police.

Charlotte Fire Capt. Rob Brisley says Barfield has been placed on paid administrative leave while the matter is investigated. Barfield has been with the department since October 2011.

 It was not clear if Barfield has a lawyer.

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