MOUNT PLEASANT, WI. – A 62-year-old woman was detained Sunday, September 22 after accusing a man she lives with of hitting their dog with a baseball bat. She then attacked him with the baseball bat, striking him once.

Mary Ann Stachowiak, of Mount Pleasant,  was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with battery, a class A misdemeanor and disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor, by the Racine County Circuit Court. Stachowiak was convicted of disorderly conduct earlier this year. Upon conviction of these crimes, she could be fined up to $11,000, imprisoned up to a year or both.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer was called to 820 S. Newman Road at 12:16 pm on Sunday, September 22 for a report of disorderly conduct.

A male tenant told the officer that earlier that day, Stachowiak attacked him with a baseball bat.

The incident occurred as the man was sitting on a couch in their home. Stachowiak came into the room, yelling at the man and accusing him of beating their dog with a bat. The two argued and the man denied beating the dog with the bat.

Then, Stachowiak grabbed the bat and told the man, “you will know what it’s like to get hit.”

The man stood up and started yelling at Stachowiak as she began swinging at him. She missed the first swing but hit the man on his left shoulder on the second swing, causing him pain. He was able to grab the bat from Stachowiak and exit the residence to call the police. When the officer arrived, the man stated he was in pain, did not consent to being hit and wanted to press charges.

The officer also reported that the dog, who was allegedly abused, was friendly and appeared healthy and normal, exhibiting no signs of physical injuries.

Stachowiak’s charges will have domestic abuse enhancers since she and the male victim live together.

Racine County Court Commissioner Robert Goepel released Stachowiak on a $500 bond. A status conference has been set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 18.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.