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Baldwin Park Man Faces 17 Years in Prison After Taking Shots at Little Girl's Dog

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A Baldwin Park man was convicted of child abuse for shooting at a little girl's dog.A jury found Carleton Raye States, 31, guilty on one count of child abuse, discharge of a weapon with gross negligence and having a concealed weapon, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

The girl was playing with her dog back in May when States pulled out a gun. The little girl ran away from him into the house, while States shot at her dog named Smalls. He missed, but he continued waving the gun around, once even pointing it at the dog while the girl held it in her lap.

For all of that, States could face up to 17 years and 4 months in prison.

It's not clear what States' relationship was to the little girl, besides being the monster that almost shot her dog. The other charges he faced don't exactly clarify that. A mistrial was declared on the other charges. States was not convicted of one count of criminal threats, one count of child abuse and one count of first degree burglary.