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Man guilty of child abuse for shooting at dog in front of girl, 7

October 5, 2011 | 10:24 pm

A Baldwin Park man was convicted Wednesday of child abuse for shooting at a barking dog in front of a 7-year-old girl.

Carleton Raye States, 31, also was convicted of discharging a firearm with gross negligence and having a concealed weapon, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Jurors deliberated for just more than a day.

On May 25, the girl was playing outside her home with her female terrier named Smalls when States began to provoke the dog, prosecutors said. The dog started barking, and States pulled out a gun. The girl ran inside her home as States fired a shot at the dog.

Authorities said States followed the two inside, pointed his gun at the girl -- who held the dog in her lap  -- and threatened to shoot the terrier.

Jurors did not reach a verdict on three other counts -- making criminal threats, first-degree burglary and a second count of child abuse -- and a judge declared a mistrial.

States is expected to be sentenced Oct. 25 in West Covina Superior Court. He faces a maximum sentence of 17 years and four months in state prison.

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