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Case ID: 19739
Classification: Mutilation/Torture
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Jun 28, 2012

County: Delaware

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Brandon Keith Hubbard

Charges have been filed against a Rose man accused of beating a woman and child with a whip and broom handle and forcing that same child to watch as he decapitated a puppy with an ax.

Brandon Keith Hubbard, 29, faces felony counts of child abuse by injury and cruelty to animals, and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault and battery in the presence of children.

Investigators with the District Attorney's Office said they received information in late June that an 8-year-old girl had been beaten with a whip and broom handle. While the girl was being whipped with the broom stick during one incident, it broke, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Investigators say they saw "severe bruising" on the girl, and also took 32 photographs showing injuries allegedly inflicted by Hubbard on an adult woman.

Hubbard allegedly forced the girl and another child to watch as he beat that woman, and would also force the woman to beat the girl. If the woman would refuse, Hubbard would assault her with a braided whip he kept at the home, according to court documents.

Those documents also describe how Hubbard, sometime in June, allegedly grabbed a puppy from the girl, held it down and decapitated it with an ax because she hadn't cleaned up after it.

During execution of a search warrant at a residence on East 620 Road, in Rose, investigators say they recovered a hand-made whip, a double-headed ax, two single-head axes, and one small ax handle.

Child abuse by injury is punishable by up to life in prison and a fine of $500 to $5,000, while cruelty to animals is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to five years in prison.

Domestic assault and battery in the presence of minors is punishable by six months to a year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.


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