Cat hoarder at Grace Kelly home found guilty

PHILADELPHIA - December 19, 2013

Marjory Baumont was convicted of 14 counts of Animal Cruelty, ordered to pay $10,000 restitution to the PSPCA, and fined $800 ($50 for each Animal Cruelty charge).

In addition, Baumont was ordered to surrender her 14 cats and 1 dog, and is now prohibited from owning, possessing or having custody or control of any animals for 4 years.

Back on October 31, 2013, SPCA officers rescued 14 cats from the home; another was found dead in the foyer.

Officials said they went to the house on the 3900 block of Henry Avenue after receiving a complaint on its cruelty hot line.

"The conditions inside the property, fleas, feces everywhere in the house, it's just totally unsanitary," said George Bengal, SPCA.

The SPCA says it has had complaints about Baumont's home for close to a decade, but officers could never get inside.

"I've gone to find her and she would hide," said a neighbor.

A woman, who doesn't want to be named, suspected Baumont took in several of her cats many years ago. She came looking for them but didn't find them.

"She would never answer her phones," she said. "She would never do anything so I could find out what happened. She denied she had done anything to my cats."

Grace Kelly's family built the East Falls home in 1929. Kelly went on to be a movie star and the Princess of Monaco. She died at the age of 52 after suffering a stroke while driving along the border of France and Monaco in 1982.

According to officials, Baumont purchased the home in 1973 from Thomas Lawton. Lawton had purchased the home from Grace Kelly's mother, Margaret Kelly, three years earlier.

"It's the Grace Kelly house. Everyone knows this house in the city. It's history," said Blaire Kelleher.

Another man, who sources have identified as Troy Robinson, is also expected to be charged.

Court records reveal he is a career criminal with guilty pleas for attempted rape, burglary and convictions for aggravated assault and other charges.

Friends of Baumont say the much younger Robinson befriended her out of the blue and had been living in the home. Those friends also say Baumont cared deeply for her cats and was loving.

"This is not about trying to arrest somebody for animal cruelty. This lady needs some psych help. I can't get her that help unless I go through the process," said Bengal.

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