LEXINGTON, N.C. (TCD) -- Police arrested a mother and her acquaintance this week on suspicion of abusing and neglecting two young children and multiple dogs.
According to a news release from the Lexington Police Department, on Monday, June 26, officers conducted a welfare check at a home on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, where they found two girls, ages 9 and 5, who they allege were being abused and neglected. Police said the girls were "locked in a room, malnourished, and physically abused."
At the scene, officers also reportedly found malnourished and neglected dogs and drug paraphernalia.
Upon further investigation, police arrested the girls' mother, 31-year-old Julia Owens, and 42-year-old Josh Hoover, her "male acquaintance" who lived in the home.
Hoover and Owens were booked into the Davidson County Detention Center on two counts each of felony child abuse/neglect resulting in serious physical injury, felony cruelty to animals, and possession of drug paraphernalia. They remain held on $75,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court July 31.
The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.