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More ‘Sons of Guns’ stars arrested: Pro-gun reality TV family charged with child abuse

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Another family from the reality TV series Sons of Guns is facing charges of child abuse.

According to New Orleans Fox affiliate Channel 8, Kristafor Ford and his wife Stephanie Hayden were arrested on Friday for beating a 9-year-old boy with a belt hard enough to leave severe bruises on his buttocks and upper legs.

Ford is charged with administering the beating while Hayden, the boy’s mother, stood by and watched. Ford is the boy’s stepfather.

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The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office told Channel 8 that Ford was charged with cruelty to a juvenile and Hayden with principal to cruelty to a juvenile.

Sons of Guns ran for several seasons on the Discovery Channel and centered around Red Jacket Firearms, a Louisiana-based custom firearms company. Red Jacket’s founder and star of the reality show, Will Hayden, was arrested and charged with the rape of his 11-year-old daughter in August. In September, another woman came forward and accused Hayden of raping her when she was 12 years old.

The Discovery Channel canceled Sons of Guns after the initial set of allegations surfaced against Hayden.

A bizarre short film by Kristafor Ford is embedded below via YouTube:

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