Published: Jan 01, 2011 10:02 PM EST
Updated: Jan 01, 2011 7:02 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa father is charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing his 6-year-old son more than 20 times.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says 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 but 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 held without bond Saturday. Jail records did not show whether he had an attorney.

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