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Father charged with abuse of son

John McNeal (Source: Chatham County Sheriff's Department) John McNeal (Source: Chatham County Sheriff's Department)

POOLER, GA (WTOC) - A baby is now blind and in the hospital after police say the boy's father shook him.

A grand jury indicted John McNeal on two counts of cruelty to a child in the first degree and two counts of aggravated battery.

Police say that in late May, McNeal shook his eight-month-old son so hard it caused hemorrhaging in the boy's brain.

Two weeks later the doctors realized the baby was permanently blind as a result of the hemorrhaging.

Police say the abuse occured in the family's Pooler home while the mother was not there.

The mother is cooperating with investigators.

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