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Father detained after 6-year-old Calif. boy fatally stabbed

The scene outside a Florence, Calif., home where a 6-year-old boy was fatally stabbed on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

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FLORENCE, Calif. -- A man was taken custody Thursday in connection to the stabbing death of his 6-year-old son, reports CBS Los Angeles.

When deputies arrived on scene in Florence, south of the Los Angeles city limits, they reportedly found a man, believed to be the boy's father, screaming and covered in blood.

"They walked to the back of the location where there was a trailer and they found a male Hispanic boy, about 6 years of age, suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds," Lt. Eddie Hernandez said.

Officials determined the first grader had a light pulse and administered CPR. He was transported to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood where he died from his wounds.

The boy's father, who was identified by neighbors as 38-year-old Alejandro Sanchez, was being detained for questioning. No arrests had been made.

Neighbors said Sanchez had a history of drug and alcohol abuse and that the child showed signs of abuse.

"A burn on one of his legs and he would say he was scared to be with his dad," Grizelle Ibarra said. "Yesterday he mentioned he didn't want to go home because he was scared his dad was going to hit him."

Deputies recovered several knives from the scene, but it was unknown if they were used in the crime.