Son arrested after allegedly critically beating father

Son arrested after allegedly critically beating father

LACOMBE, LA (WVUE) - A son left his father in critical condition after the suspect beat him unconscious Saturday night in Lacombe, St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies said.

Dispatchers sent officers to the 59400 block of Pineridge Rd. at approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday evening after receiving a 911 call from the residence with no one on the other end of the line.

Responding deputies found a 57-year-old man unconscious inside the home. A family member at the residence told deputies the victim had gotten in a fight with his son, who had since left.

While deputies were still at the scene, the son returned and was taken into custody.

Casey Melerine, 27, was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for second degree aggravated battery.

The father was transported to a south shore hospital, where he remains in critical condition with a head injury.