18-year-old Washington County babysitter charged with killing family dog

Batman the Dog
Posted at 9:04 PM, Jan 27, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-29 16:57:57-05

SUSSEX, Wis. — An 18-year-old Washington County woman has been charged with animal cruelty after she allegedly killed a dog while babysitting.

Kielee Sonnemann was charged Monday with one count of mistreatment of animals with the use of a dangerous weapon.

The Sussex family said their young daughter found the dog dead under a pile of bloody blankets on Friday, Jan. 26. His name was Batman.

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The Waukesha County Sheriff's Office says it received a call Friday evening that a family found their dog dead in their home on Elm Avenue with a “possible stab wound and a plastic bag on its head.”

Deputies interviewed Sonnemann, and arrested her for cruelty to animals.

Batman tucked into a coat
Batman tucked into a coat

During her interview with law enforcement officials, Sonnemann did not admit to killing the dog, but says she "shooed him away a little bit," and "when she gets mad and lashes out, everything goes blank and she does not remember," according to a criminal complaint.

After further discussion, Sonnemann allegedly told investigators "It's kind of sounding like I did it," the complaint says.

When asked if she was upset about something, Sonnemann said "there was a lot of drama going on."

If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.