A Weymouth man is facing charges in Norfolk County Superior Court after he allegedly stomped his family’s Chihuahua, Coco, to death in late May.
Shykeim Basden, 19, of 259 Lake St., Apt. A, was initially charged with cruelty to animals, malicious killing of a domestic animal, threatening to commit a crime, and vandalism to property following the May 25 incident. He was arraigned on those charges in Quincy District Court the next day, and pleaded not guilty.
Last Wednesday, a Norfolk County Grand Jury handed down indictments for cruelty to animals, malicious killing of an animal, threats, and malicious destruction of property valued under $1,200. The case is now being moved to Norfolk Superior Court, and his arraignment there hasn’t been scheduled yet, according to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office.
Police were called to Basden’s address around 3:35 p.m. on May 25. The caller alleged to police that Basden had just killed a dog there. When officers arrived, a witness said Basden had stomped on Coco multiple times, and then left the home carrying the dog, a news release from Weymouth police said.
A family member told officers they thought Basden was going to toss Coco into Whitman’s Pond, and while searching along the shore, police found the dog dead behind 5A Josie’s Way, according to the release.
That night around 7:36 p.m., police went to Weston Park at 46 Broad St. after receiving information that Basden might be there, the release said. Basden was found sitting in a car with some friends in the parking lot, and he was arrested.