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A doctor accused of punching a then 12-year-old snowboarder at Mountain Creek testified on Thursday, March 28. According to the New Jersey Herald, Samuel Caruthers said "he took a swing at me and I did it back" when asked why he punched the child.
The 47-year-old is accused of "stabbing" Jacob Azemoun, now 15, with a ski pole and punching him in the mouth six times after Azemoun allegedly ran into Caruthers' then 10-year-old son.
Azemoun previously testified that he was a beginner snowboarder and lost control on the ice. He also said running into the child was an accident and that he went back toward the child to see of he was alright.
Caruthers testified that he grabbed Azemoun's coat because he though he was going to hit his son a second time and Azemoun allegedly "took a swing" at him. The anesthesiologist said he punched the boy back, not knowing he was a child at the time, and claims he "was worried about preserving my son's life."
Read the NJHerald.com story here.