November 19, 2013


READINGTON TWP. — A state conservation officer is mulling charges after a 9-year-old boy was hit by shotgun pellets fired by a hunter in a field off Higginsville Road here.

The six pellets went through the boy’s clothing and left abrasions on him but did not appear to have penetrated his skin.

The boy’s father told officers that he and his two juvenile sons were hunting in a sorghum field on a privately owned piece of land that the father’s hunting club leases, police said. The incident was reported Saturday, Nov. 16.

The father told police there was another group of hunters, also members of his hunting club, who were hunting approximately 70 yards from the father and his sons. Those three hunters were identified as Joseph Kuta, 81, of Bridgewater and Robert Kelly, 63, and Sharon Kelly, 59, both of Millburn.
Police could not say if the Kellys are related.

Both groups were pheasant hunting and all were licensed.

The injured boy’s father said he and his sons were all wearing hunter safety orange and were walking through a three-and-a-half-foot sorghum field which was slightly elevated from the adjacent field.

The father said the other hunters flushed out a pheasant and fired two shots, at which time his 9-year-old son was struck with five pellets in his chest and one pellet in his face.


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