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Christopher Anthony Simpson beat a puppy to death for peeing on the floor

Christopher Anthony Simpson, 21, is charged with both felony and misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in the beating death of Axel. WILMINGTON — A Leland man accused in the Christmas Day beating death of a rescue puppy was arrested for a second time in the case during his first appearance in New Hanover County District Court on Tuesday. Christopher Anthony Simpson, 21, who was arrested Monday and posted a $2,500 bail for his release, was led from the courtroom by deputies after Judge Lindsey McKee increased his bond to $100,000. The increase was at the request of the prosecution who said Simpson and his girlfriend, Alyssa Croom, 22, told Croom’s family they planned to flee to Florida to escape the charges in the beating death of Axel, a Labrador retriever. The state also asked that Simpson’s German shepherd be removed from his custody. “Your honor, (Simpson) is a danger and we believe he is going to flee,” said Assistant District attorney Christa Lawler. When asked if he wanted to address bond, Simpson said, “I want …