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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois jury has cleared a man of charges that he wrongly stabbed his son in the neck with scissors.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that a St. Clair County jury deliberated two hours before acquitting 57-year-old Charles Phillips of rural Belleville on Wednesday. He was charged with domestic battery and aggravated battery.

Police responding to a reported domestic disturbance Dec. 4 at Phillips' home found a wounded Michael Phillips, who told them his father stabbed him during an argument.

The younger Phillips was treated at a hospital and was released.

During Charles Phillips' trial, his attorneys argued that their client has an amputated leg and a disabled arm, and that he stabbed his son in self-defense after being abused for days.

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat

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