A third neighbor, Michelle McGray, told officers that Geyer had knocked on her door earlier in the morning on Wednesday, holding the dead kitten. He told her it “wasn’t purring right.”
She called police. By the time they arrived, Geyer was gone and his mother had returned.
Police later called Geyer and asked him to go to the police station, where he denied abusing the kitten. He was arrested there shortly after noon.
Two of Geyer’s cousins, who accompanied Brown to court Thursday, said Geyer had been living in Chicago for a while before moving back a couple of months ago.
Brown, who on Thursday obtained a restraining order barring her son from any contact with her for a year, said she thinks her son hurt and then killed the cat to “get back at me.”
Earlier this month, Geyer was arrested on domestic abuse charges after an alleged assault on his mother in her apartment, where she had been allowing him to stay until he could find a place of his own.
On Thursday, she told a judge she’s terrified of her son now.
William Barabino, who represented Geyer during a brief court appearance, said he has concerns about whether his client is mentally competent but did not ask for an evaluation Thursday.
Prosecutor Lynsey Legier filed motions seeking to have Geyer held without bail in the animal cruelty case and to revoke his release in the earlier domestic abuse incident. A hearing on both requests is scheduled for Feb. 28.
Geyer will remain in custody at Middleton Jail at least until then.