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Blood leads deputy to injured man

Responding to a report of a 911 hang-up call Sunday night, Citrus County sheriff's Deputy Raymond Bergeron was told by George McKeever nothing was amiss at his residence.

He and an acquaintance, Keith Worrall, had gotten into a fight, McKeever told the deputy, but both were unhurt.

The blood the deputy found on the carpet and floor told another story.

Sheriff's deputies found Worrall at his Inverness home with stab wounds. They later arrested McKeever on charges of attempted murder and battery.

McKeever, 46, was booked into the Citrus County Detention Facility, where he was being held late Monday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Worrall, 43, of Inverness was flown to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he was reported in fair condition late Monday.

According to a sheriff's report, McKeever and Worrall brawled for unknown reasons at McKeever's Hernando residence. Someone at the home tried to call 911 about 6:30 p.m., but the phone was hung up.

When Bergeron arrived, McKeever told the deputy everything was fine, the report said, but the deputy asked to inspect the master bedroom, which is where the fight took place.

"I discovered blood spots on the carpet," the deputy wrote.

Bergeron found more blood in the garage and on the driveway leading from the house.

The deputy asked a woman at the home what happened.

"He can tell you," she said about McKeever.

"Yes, I stabbed him," McKeever said, according to the report. The two brawled, according to the deputy, and Worrall managed to get away in his own vehicle and return home.

McKeever was arrested and deputies went to Worrall's home, where they found him with a stab wound on his abdomen and his left arm above the elbow. The report did not state whether a weapon was recovered.

In other police news, a 21-year-old Crystal River man was charged with aggravated child abuse Friday, according to a sheriff's report. Deputies said they found marijuana on him while questioning him.

The man was charged with aggravated child abuse, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Citrus County Detention Facility and released Monday on $10,000 bail.

The victim, a 5-year-old boy, is not being identified, and the name of his school is being withheld. For that reason, the Citrus Times also is withholding the suspect's name.

According to a sheriff's report, a school guidance counselor reported that the victim's buttocks had bruises and scabs. The victim told deputies that the man often beat him with a stick, hit him with a closed fist and was generally mean to him.

Confronted at his residence, the man denied the allegations. While at the house, deputies found a plastic smoking device and a bag of marijuana, reports said.

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