Florida Man Accused in Hammer Attack on Dad

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Posted at 4:23 PM, Nov 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-06 16:23:00-05

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A 23-year-old central Florida man is accused of fatally beating his father with a hammer.

Polk County Sheriff's deputies say Vincent Moccia was watching television with his 52-year-old father Anthony Moccia III in the master bedroom of the Lakeland home on Thursday. His mother says she found him a short time later in the living room, crying and covered in blood.

The Ledger of Lakeland ( ) reports the son told his Ruby Moccia he "did something wrong." She went to the bedroom and found her husband on the bed also covered in blood. A ball-peen hammer was on the bed.

The father was taken to the hospital where he died.

Vincent Moccia faces first-degree murder charges and is being held without bail. It's not clear whether he has an attorney.