Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Frederick Martin, IV(1) mutilated a sheep & slashed 4 pigs

Ossipee, NH

Carroll County

October 5, 1996  
Janet L. Martin, 33(2) Fled to FL with their son Frederick, IV to avoid the sons having to stand trail for animal abuse

Ossipee, NH

Carroll County

February 25, 1997  
Frederick Martin, III, 36(2) Fled to FL with their son Frederick, IV to avoid the sons having to stand trail for animal abuse

Ossipee, NH

Carroll County

February 25, 1997  
Frederick Martin, IV(1a) Tied a dog to a tree with a chain, slit her throat and cut her paws and tail with a weedwacker

Lakeland, FL

Polk County

August 14, 1997  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
3rd degree felony

(1) misdemeanor criminal mischief

1 sheep, 4 pigs

(1) never went to trial

(1a)found incompetent to stand trial in both cases

(2)parents charged with contempt of court

Southern Carroll County District Court

At age 13, in Florida, Frederick Martin, IV along with David Clark Elliot (age 11) tied Zoey, a neighbor's dog to a tree branch with a chain around her neck, slashing Zoey’s throat, severing her paws and tail with a weed whacker.  (See casefile Tied a dog to a tree, cut her up with a weed whacker)

While living in New Hampshire, Frederick mutilated a sheep and slashed 4 pigs. He and his parents Janet L., 33 and Frederick, III, 36 fled to Florida to escape prosecution for these acts of torture. The parents are wanted on contempt of court charged for fleeing and avoiding trial in New Hampshire.

A Fax from the court in NH, read in the Elliot/Martin case detailed how Martin and another juvenile were charged with stabbing a male sheep's genitals with a knife or a broken bottle. In the same incident, Martin was charged with slashing 4 pigs. He also was charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief for breaking a lock and several windows on the property of the animals' owner.

Janet and Frederick Martin, III have outstanding contempt charges for failing to bring their son to trial in New Hampshire, but the Florida Judge stated because the warrants are valid only in New Hampshire, Florida authorities cannot arrest the couple on those charges.

Update 11/7/97: Janet and Frederick Martin, III will be extradited to New Hampshire for fleeing from NH to Lackeland, FL to escape their son's animal cruelty charges, according to a warrant.  The Martin's left Ossipee, NH in January 1997 before young Martin could go to trial in February.  Martin, IV was charged in New Hampshire on October 5, 1996 with mutilating a sheep and 4 pigs.  When the Martin's didn't show up Carroll County NH District Judge Pamela Albee issued a bench warrant for their arrest and set bail at $2,500 each.  Ossipee Police Chief Rich Morgan said he would ask that the Martins be extradited.

In her ruling, Judge Albee noted the couple was "fully aware" of their responsibility. When Janet Martin phoned the court to advise that she and her husband would be unable to attend the arraignment, she was told to put her statement in writing to the police department. Morgan said his department never received a written notification.

If found guilty of criminal contempt, the Martins each face a maximum of 6 months in the House of Correction and a $1,500 fine.

The judicial contempt citation was issued when the Martins failed to appear in juvenile court session with their son last February 19th.

Update 1/25/98:
The mother of a former local boy charged with animal mutilation in 2 states is scheduled for trial later this month for criminal contempt of court.

Janet L. Martin, now of Lakeland, FL, returned to Ossipee voluntarily on January 9th to be arraigned on the charge. She was freed on $10,000 personal recognizance bail and agreed to return on February 25th for trial, police said. The trial begins at 1:30 p.m. in Southern Carroll County District Court.

Her husband, Frederick Martin Jr., is currently serving a 5-month jail term in Florida on a similar charge. The state of Florida postponed its action on the mother pending disposition of the Ossipee case, according to Ossipee Police Chief Rick Morgan. "We're still in a holding pattern," Morgan said regarding the case against the Martins' son who allegedly tortured and mutilated 4 pigs and a sheep in Ossipee. An arrest warrant remains active against the juvenile, Morgan said.

A bench warrant was issued in Southern Carroll County District Court last November for the arrest of the couple when they failed to appear for an arraignment on criminal contempt of court charges. Police allege the Martins fled to Florida to protect their 13-year-old son from prosecution on animal abuse charges. The boy was scheduled to appear in juvenile court last February 19, 1997.

If found guilty of criminal contempt, the Martins each face a maximum of 6 months in the House of Correction and a $1,500 fine.

Update 2/24/98:
The criminal contempt of court trial has been continued until next summer.

Janet L. Martin, now of Lakeland, FL, was granted a postponement until her husband is released from a Florida jail to care for the couple's children, police said.

The new trial date is July 8th at 1:30 pm.

Update 7/9/98:
Janet L. Martin, the mother of a former local boy charged with animal mutilation in Ossipee and Florida, failed to appear for her trial on a criminal contempt of court charge.

Judge Pamela Albee continued the case until trial January 1999 after a brief discussion at the bench with Police Chief Rick Morgan and attorney Ted Lothstein.

After moving to Florida, the young Martin and his 11-year-old friend were charged with killing a dog with a weedwacker. A Florida judge ordered a psychological evaluation for the Martins' son, who was ruled incompetent to stand trial.

The boy never answered charges that he allegedly tortured and mutilated 4 pigs and a sheep in Ossipee in October 1996.

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