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Man sentenced for shooting his son with BB gun

Wednesday - 6/27/2012, 12:11pm  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A man who shot his 3-year-old son with a BB gun has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Twenty-four-year-old John Wilfong Jr. of Hagerstown pleaded guilty second-degree child abuse Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Wilfong's children were visiting him last year when he called his estranged wife to say their son had shot himself in the face. She reported the incident to Child Protective Services and the boy was found to have two BBs embedded in his face and head.

The boy told investigators that his father had shot him.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown ( http://bit.ly/MoaQeg) reports that Wilfong said in court that he was bipolar and needed medication for his anger.


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