As part of a reported ritual sacrifice, Missouri police say a woman stole, killed and set a dog on fire.
Brianna Lynn Lingo, 29, is charged with stealing an animal and mistreating an animal by torture and mutilation while the animal was still alive, online Missouri court records show.
The crime took place at Lingo’s mother’s home in Moberly, just north of Columbia.
A Moberly Police Department spokesman told USA TODAY that officers arrested Lingo on Thursday after her mother called 911 and asked for help.
During the phone call, Lingo’s mother told officials that her daughter had killed her dog – a terrier crossbreed – as part of “a ritual sacrifice,” according to a probable cause statement. The affidavit did not address the sacrifice the owner was referring to.
When officers arrived at the mother’s home, they found the dog’s body burned in a fire pit in a courtyard.
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According to the affidavit, Lingo told detectives that she strangled the body and then burned it. She didn’t work out.
Police arrested her and booked her into the Randolph County Jail, where she was held Friday with $15,000 bail.
A Randolph County court spokesman told USA TODAY that Lingo was arraigned Friday morning and is due to appear in court again on June 21 for a hearing.