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>Dad held in stabbing of 6-year-old son

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Deputies in Florida say a man accused of stabbing his 6-year-old son more than 20 times has been charged with attempted murder.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says in a press release that 23-year-old Xavier Thomas had been watching New Year's Eve fireworks with relatives late Friday. Deputies say Thomas took his son to a play area in the apartment complex once the fireworks were over.

About a half hour later, Thomas returned without the boy and ran away 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 the boy is expected to survive.

Thomas was jailed without bond Saturday. Jail records did not show whether he had an attorney.


>3 killed, 3 injured in trailer home fire

ARLINGTON, Iowa (AP) -- Three people, including two small children, died in a Saturday morning fire that consumed their northeast Iowa trailer home, authorities said.

Three other people -- two adults and one child -- were injured in the blaze three miles southwest of Arlington and taken to a hospital in Oelwein for treatment, the Fayette County sheriff's office said. Details of their injuries were not released.

Authorities haven't released the names, ages or genders of the dead or injured. All six victims lived in the trailer home.

The fire was reported at about 4 a.m. Saturday. The sheriff's office said the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters from four departments arrived. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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