Officials: Man cut pacemaker from dad's chest

April 26, 2009 4:20:51 PM PDT
Authorities in northeast Iowa say a man faces charges accusing him of cutting a pacemaker out of his father's chest. The Delaware County sheriff's office says in a statement Sunday that 32-year-old Jesse Fierstine of Manchester struck his 63-year-old father, Charles Fierstine, on the head with a flashlight and a piece of firewood Saturday, then cut the pacemaker from his chest using a pocketknife.

The statement says the younger Fierstine was charged with attempted murder.

Charles Fierstine was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Officials didn't give details on his condition Sunday.

The sheriff's office refused to release further details, referring questions to the county attorney's office, which was closed for the weekend. Online court records in the case were not yet available and no attorney could be located for Jesse Fierstine.

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