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Friday
May272011

Girl Allegedly Shoots Dad for Taking Cellphone

Comstock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A father remains in serious condition after police said his 15-year-old daughter allegedly shot him with a hunting bow Wednesday evening.

Police said the arrow struck the torso of the 35-year-old father, who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Tahyua, Washington man told police he had taken away his daughter's cellphone to discipline her, although police did not know why she'd been grounded.

Mason County sheriff's spokesman William Adam told ABC News, "He crawled out of a window of his house, and then he was able to crawl to a vehicle and drive to a neighbor's house.  The closest neighbor was a third of a mile away."

The teenager gave up willingly after deputies found her in a forest area near her home, Adam said.

"She had an excess of at least 36 arrows, along with the compound bow, according to her father," Adam said.

Compound bows, which are popular with hunters, allow shooters to draw the bow with less effort than is required for other kinds of bows, making it easier to aim at a target.

Police said after they apprehended the girl, they found her to be "despondent, with serious medical issues, so she was transferred to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital."

She is expected to be brought before a judge sometime Friday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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