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.

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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.

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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.

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