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Grandpa Allegedly Forces Grandkids To Hike

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Aug. 31 (UPI) — An Indiana man faces federal charges he forced his three young grandsons to hike the Grand Canyon in brutal heat this month, prosecutors said.

Christopher A. Carlson was named in a federal complaint filed by the U.S. attorney’s office in Flagstaff, Ariz., accused of abusing his grandsons, ages 8, 9 and 12, during a cross-country trip.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported Carlson allegedly forced the boys on a 19-mile trek last weekend in 108-degree temperatures along the Colorado River. On Aug. 15, a ranger allegedly forced Carlson to end another hike because the boys looked exhausted.

A medical examination found the children showed signs of chronic abuse, the newspaper reported, and were placed in the care of Child Protective Services.

Carlson was jailed in Coconino County and scheduled for a Thursday court appearance.

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