Weymouth teenager charged with stomping Chihuahua to death

WEYMOUTH, Mass. — A Weymouth teenager accused of stomping his family’s Chihuahua to death will be held until a dangerousness hearing on Monday.

Shykeim Basden, 19, was arraigned in Quincy District Court Tuesday on charges of cruelty to animals, malicious killing of a domestic animal, threat to commit a crime and vandalism to property.

Police were called around 3:30 p.m. Monday to the Lake Street apartment Basden lives in with his mother. His mother told police she saw Basden stomp on the family’s Chihuahua “Coco” numerous times. He then left with the dog in his arms before police arrived. Basden’s mother believed he was going to throw the dog in Whitman’s Pond.

Officers searched the shoreline of Whitman’s Pond and found the dead dog behind a home on Josie’s Way, according to police.

Police said officers later found Basden around 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Weston Park with friends. He was taken to South Shore Hospital for unknown reasons before being booked at Weymouth Police Headquarters.

He was held overnight without bail.