Cat blamed in shot that wounded boy

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A pet cat jumped on an air rifle that then fired, wounding a teenage boy, the boy's mother said.
Reports filed by Stark County sheriff's deputies said the boy, Josiah V. Boughman, 15, was grazed on his right side just below his ribs with an air rifle's pellet.
The shooting occurred at about 11 p.m. Monday outside his home in nearby Tuscarawas County.
Sheriff's deputies met his mother, Mary A. Boughman, outside his hospital room. She told them her son had been at a barn about 50 yards from his family's house, shooting at rats.
Returning to the house, he put the air rifle on a picnic table, neglecting the weapon's safety, reports said.
The boy's mother told deputies a cat, which is one of the
family's household pets, jumped on the table and touched the gun.
Staff at the hospital where the boy was treated told deputies boy's wound is not life threatening.
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