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Did abuse lead to attempt to kill father? Published: April 22, 2013

ADA -- A 15-year-old Ada boy is being held in connection with a possible attempt to kill his father.

Authorities think Dylan Alexander "Alex" Vercelli set fires at the exits and one of the windows at his mother's home in an attempt to kill James Thomas Vercelli.

The Ada News reports that the elderly Vercelli was abusive as the boy was growing up.

Authorities noted that the father severely beat his son, then 10 on his legs and back.

The elder man in 2004 was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse.

In 2008, according to an affidavit, the father also was accused of abuse by injury against his son.

The newspaper said the father now is wheelchair-bound.

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