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Neglect charges dropped against cattleman

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP)--Charges have been dismissed for a Nebraska City man accused of neglecting cattle left in his care.

Christopher Schram was charged in October with five counts of animal neglect. But Otoe County Attorney David Partsch asked in late February to have the case dropped.

Partsch says prosecuting Schram would not be in the interest of justice.

Authorities have said Schram was responsible for about 170 head of cattle last spring that others kept on his farm. A herd owner reported up to 70 head missing and told investigators that up to 30 had died.

Schram's attorney, Matthew Bock, says the herd was thin and sickly when given over to his care, and Schram tried to remedy that.

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