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Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Year in jail for Maryland man who shot son, 3, with BB gun

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A man who shot h is 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 to 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 reports that Wilfong said in court that he was bipolar and needed medication for his anger.

By the Associated Press  |  08:08 AM ET, 06/27/2012

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