Boy testifies at grandfather's child abuse trial

February 16, 2012 • National News

FILE — A 2006 file photo provided by the Indianapolis Metro Police Dept, shows Christopher Carlson, Carlson is accused of forcing his young grandsons for miles along a sun-baked Grand Canyon hiking trail and denied them water and food. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Metro Police Dept, file)

PHOENIX (AP) — A 9-year-old boy testified Wednesday that his grandfather hit him in the face, causing his nose to bleed, and kicked him and his two brothers during a pair of miles-long hikes at the Grand Canyon last summer.

Prosecutors have alleged that Christopher Alan Carlson deprived his three grandsons of food and water and pushed, choked and repeatedly kicked them during hikes on Aug. 15 and Aug. 28, when the temperature soared to 108 degrees.

The statements from the boy in the trial were the first he’s made publicly about the charges against his grandfather, who faces six counts of felony child abuse. The 45-year-old from Indianapolis has pleaded not guilty in the case and could face life in prison. The trial opened in Phoenix federal court on Wednesday.

Under questioning from prosecutor Camille Bibles, the boy also said that Carlson would pinch pressure points in their back that “kinda hurt” during the hike up from the Grand Canyon.

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