SLIDELL, La. - A 29-year-old man has been arrested after police said he severely beat his elderly father.

Bradford Dearing was scheduled to be booked on second-degree battery and cruelty to the infirmed.

According to Slidell Police, officers were called to a local hospital Sunday evening to speak to an elderly man that had been severely beaten.

Police said the victim had suffered massive facial injuries that were so severe he had to be moved to the ICU for surgery.Police said the victim reluctantly told them that his son had punched him, but said he was uncertain of the entire sequence of events.

Police said Dearing told them that he and his father got into an argument and that he punched him a single time in self defense, but officers said it was apparent due to the extent of the injuries that more than one punch was thrown.

An investigation into prior alleged abuse to the victim is ongoing, and as the investigation continues, more charges may follow.

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