Pennsylvania infant hit by bullet will be blind

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Posted: Oct 01, 2014 9:40 AM

CLUNE, Pa. (AP) — The family of a 6-day-old Pennsylvania boy who was wounded by a hunter's stray bullet says the infant is expected to survive, but will be blind.

Stefanie Iverson says her son Shayne's life was spared when the bullet exited through the orbital area — or eye socket — of his skull rather than hitting his brain.

The boy's father, Jeremie, was holding the baby on Sept. 25 when the bullet came through a window of the family's home near Saltsburg, about 35 miles east of Pittsburgh, and struck the baby's skull.

Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty says the hunter had an agricultural deer control permit when he fired the shot that wounded the boy about 7 p.m. that day. The shooting was likely accidental, but questions remain about whether the hunter followed state regulations.