But so is avoiding life-ruining trauma.

38-year-old Lynn Middlebrooks Geter of Warm Springs [Georgia] faces one charge each of animal cruelty, child cruelty and battery....after police say she forced her son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer as punishment for bad grades.

To paraphrase Dan, every child deserves a mother and a hammer. Also, Jesus fuck.

Find the full Associated Press story here.