From the National Park Service:
On August 28th, rangers contacted a man hiking with his three juvenile grandsons and found reason to believe that he was physically abusing them. They asked for a special agent to assist and a joint investigation was begun. On September 20th, a federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a six count indictment against Christopher Carlson, 45, for knowing child abuse committed under circumstances likely to produce death or serious bodily injury. The indictment alleges that Carlson took his three grandsons, ages eight, nine and twelve, on two separate hikes in the park in August when temperatures were in excess of 100 degrees and severely limited their water and food, marched and ran them up dangerous terrain, and placed their health at risk. “The indictment alleges that the defendant repeatedly denied food and water to his grandchildren, physically abused them, and placed them in harm’s way,” said acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel. “The children were rescued because of the quick action of park staff and concerned hikers on the same trail. Together, they prevented a tragic outcome.” Conviction carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.