CRAVEN COUNTY -

A New Bern was jailed for allegedly spanking his neighbor's 5-year-old son.

James Dixon, 60, allegedly used his hand to hit the boy's bottom several times.

Dixon, of McKinley Avenue in New Bern, is charged with assault on a child under 12; he's now out of jail.

The incident happened in late May.

Dixon could not be reached for comment.