TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa father is charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing his 6-year-old son more than 20 times.
According to the Hillsborough County sheriff's office, 23-year-old Xavier Thomas had been watching New Year's Eve fireworks with relatives late Friday. When the fireworks were over, Thomas took his son, also named Xavier, to a play area in the apartment complex.
About a half hour later, Thomas returned without the boy. The sheriff's office says he fled on foot when his relatives asked about the boy.
The family called authorities. Deputies say the blood-covered child appeared from the play area as they arrived.
The sheriff's office says none of the child's wounds were life-threatening.
Thomas was arrested. It was not known whether he had an attorney.
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