KEYES -- A 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of hitting his father in the head with a baseball bat, Stanislaus County sheriff's officials said.
The father was in critical condition Monday evening at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, a hospital spokeswoman said. Sheriff's officials identified him as 43-year-old David Haverly. The son's name was not released because he is a minor.
Sheriff's Lt. Mario Cisneros said the father was struck in the head several times and his skull was bashed in.
Deputies shot the teenager with a Taser once as they tried to arrest him, then placed the Taser against his lower back as they wrestled with him, Cisneros said.
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"When they went to take him into custody he started fighting with deputies," sheriff's Capt. Tim David said. The teenager banged his head against the windows in the patrol car after he was taken into custody.
The attack took place Sunday afternoon at the family's home in the 5500 block of Pioneer Road, Cisneros said. Deputies were summoned to the residence about 5 p.m.
Family members told deputies the teenager had sniffed glue. Cisneros said the teenager appeared to be under the influence and was irrational, agitated and combative.
The teenager was kept overnight at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock for observation before he was booked at Juvenile Hall on Monday.
David said the boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and resisting arrest.
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