Son tried to kill 87-year-old father with oxygen tank

An 87-year-old man was taken by helicopter to the hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 after police say he was beaten. Photo courtesy of David G. Curran/

A man faces attempted murder charges after Middleborough police said he beat his 87-year-old father with an oxygen tank.

Paul Sanford, 58, was charged with attempted murder, mayhem and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60.

He appeared in Wareham District Court on Thursday, and was sent to the Plymouth House of Corrections without bail. He's scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a detention hearing.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance at 11:52 a.m. Wednesday at a home on Forest Street.

Police said the victim, Weston Sanford, was flown to Mass General Hospital by helicopters with serious injuries.