Jury: Boys' 19-Mile Hikes Are Child Abuse
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A grandfather was found guilty of child abuse Wednesday for forcing his grandsons on grueling hikes in the Grand Canyon in searing August heat, withholding food and water and choking and kicking them during the long treks. (Feb. 29)

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[Location - Date:][Source:][VO:]GUILTY OF CHILD ABUSE--THAT'S THE VERDICT OF AN ARIZONA JURY THAT CONVICTED CHRISTOPHER CARLSON--WHO MADE HIS GRANDSONS GO ON GRUELING HIKES IN THE GRAND CANYON...PROSECUTORS SAID THE INDIANAPOLIS-MAN FORCED THE 8, 9 AND 12-YEAR-OLD BOYS--ON TWO 19-MILE HIKES...INVESTIGATORS SAY THE BOYS' GRANDFATHER WITHHELD PROPER FOOD AND WATER--WHILE ALSO CHOKING AND KICKING THEM THROUGH THE HIKE--IN SEARING AUGUST HEAT...MEDICAL REPORTS INDICATE THE BOYS SHOWED SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND DEHYDRATION--ALONG WITH CUTS BRUISES AND SCARS TO BACK UP THEIR STORIES...THE MIDDLE CHILD GOT SEVERE BLISTERS THAT TURNED INTO BLEEDING ULCERS...PROSECUTORS SAY HE COULDN'T WEAR SHOES FOR WEEKS.CARLSON CLAIMED THE BOYS WERE OVERWEIGHT AND HE WAS TRYING TO GET THEM INTO SHAPE...DEFENSE ATTORNEYS PORTRAYED HIM AS AN ACTIVE HEALTH NUT--ARGUING THAT THE BOYS FELT LIKE ANYONE WOULD AFTER A LONG HIKE--WORN OUT--BUT NOT ABUSED...THEY ALSO SAY CARLTON FED THE BOYS HEALTHY FOOD LIKE TOFU, HUMMUS AND VEGGIE BURGERS.CARLSON IS SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED JUNE 1.[SIGOUT/REPORTER, LOCATION, ASSOCIATED PRESS](****END****) VIDEO SOURCE: KNXV-----------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: Courtesy ABC15.com entire time.----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Yuma;--------------------------------