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As punishment for bad grades, a Georgia mother forced her 12-year-old son to kill his pet hamster with a hammer, police said. The day after he was forced to kill his pet, the child told his teacher, Meriwether County Sheriff Steve Whitlock told the AJC Thursday evening. The teacher reported the incident to DFCS authorities, who contacted police, Whitlock said. The pet's death allegedly took place at the family's Warm Springs home.