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Grandpa indicted in forced-Grand-Canyon-hikes case

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - An Indiana man has been indicted for allegedly forcing his grandsons to hike for miles in the Grand Canyon in 100-degree heat with no food or water.

Christopher Carlson's grandsons, ages 12, 9 and 8, told investigators that they had been hit, pushed, choked, pinched and squeezed during trips into the canyon from the South Rim. Carlson, of Indianapolis, said later he wanted to toughen them up, according to authorities.

He faces a six-count indictment from a Phoenix federal grand jury of knowing child abuse

A ranger spotted the group and saw Carlson shoving the oldest boy and whipping him with a rolled-up T-shirt, authorities said.

Rangers fed and hydrated the boys and they were placed in the care of child protective services. One boy had symptoms of heat stroke, while the other two exhibited signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration.

National Park Service Special Agent Chris Smith testified that Carlson told authorities that the boys had been overweight and that he thought the hike would get them into shape.

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