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Newborn baby left blind after being hit by stray bullet while in his father’s arms

By Mason White 11:05 AM December 8, 2014
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By: Feng Qian
A newborn baby may never see again after a stray bullet hit him.

Shayne Iverson was just six days old when he was shot in the eye by a stray bullet from a hunter.

Iverson spent more than two months in a hospital, where he underwent surgeries. He came home from the hospital on the day of his mother’s 31st birthday.

“It was a very emotional night,” his father, Jeremie Iverson, said. The bullet shattered a window in the living room of the family’s Pennsylvania home, as Jeremie Iverson, 42, held his son on the couch about 7:00 p.m.

The bullet hit the baby and came out through his eye socket, blinding him.

Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty said that the hunter had an agricultural deer control permit when he fired the shot, and therefore no criminal charges will be filed against him.

The family has two other children, Caden, 9, and 2-year-old Gabi. Their mother, Stephanie Iverson, celebrated her birthday by bringing her son home from the hospital.

“I made him a cake, but he did not get a chance to eat it,” said Jeremie Iverson. The family’s home is filled with medical equipment, medicines and boxes of medical supplies to care for their son.

More surgeries are planned for Shayne, but for now, the family is enjoying their time outside the hospital.