“I truly, truly apologize,” she told the judge.
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Cumming police learned of the incident involving Meko when an employee of the business told them. The employee “heard a commotion (at the business) and came out to see what was wrong,” according to the incident report.
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Root allegedly kicked, dragged and choked Meko, who later died at an animal hospital, police said.
She was arrested after that incident and released from the Forsyth County jail on bond.
In other news:
Authorities are investigating a fight involving coaches, parents and players during a youth football game this weekend in metro Atlanta.