updated 4/26/2009 3:50:52 PM ET 2009-04-26T19:50:52

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 issued a statement Sunday saying 32-year-old Jesse Fierstine struck his 63-year-old father, Charles Fierstine, on the head with a flashlight and a piece of firewood Saturday.

The sheriff's office said Jesse Fierstine then used a pocketknife to cut the pacemaker out of his father's chest.

The statement said 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 said the deputy investigating the case was not available for comment.

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