RAEFORD -- A Fort Bragg soldier is accused of starving a dog to death and allowing a 6-year-old girl to live in squalid conditions, according to the Hoke County Sheriff's Office.
Benjamin James Neuman, 32, of Raeford, was charged Wednesday with cruelty to animals, killing an animal by starvation, misdemeanor child abuse and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Deputies were called to a home off Hobson Road on Aug. 17 after receiving a report of animal cruelty, a Sheriff's Office news release said.
They found one dog dead and another who was malnourished. Hoke County Animal Control retrieved the body of the dead dog and took custody of the second canine.
Upon further investigation, the release said, authorities found that the child living in the residence was not being fed properly and living in "extremely unsanitary conditions."
The release did not contain a description of the living conditions at the home.
The child was taken into custody by the Hoke County Department of Social Services.
Neuman was processed at the Hoke County Detention Center and then turned over to the Fort Bragg Provost Marshal.
Bail was set at $5,000 and Neuman is being held on a military detainer.
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