WEST PLAINS, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man is in custody after his 4-year-old son was found dead at their home.

West Plains police say the man tried to assault officers who went to his home Monday afternoon after his co-workers called to say he hadn’t shown up for work.

The officers found the boy dead. The man was taken to the hospital with what police say was minor, self-inflicted wounds. The officers were not injured.

Police say the boy’s mother and father recently divorced, and she was out of state on Monday.

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