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CASSVILLE, Mo. (AP) _ A southwestern Missouri father and son are accused of using axe handles in the attack of a 17-year-old.

The 42-year-old father is charged in Barry County with first degree-assault, armed criminal action and first-degree property damage. His 16-year-old son also faces the assault and armed criminal action counts.

Sheriff Mick Epperly tells KYTV of Springfield that while suspecting the alleged victim of stealing fuel from his farm, the father invited him over on Feb. 9 to help cut wood.

Authorities allege that after the 17-year-old arrived, the older man and his son pummeled the visitor with axe handles, breaking his legs and nose.

The alleged victim managed to drive 15 miles to the hospital.
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Information from: KYTV-TV