A Pasco County man is facing charges after deputies say he threatened a 10-year-old with a sword over the weekend.

An arrest report says 45-year-old Kenneth Lamella took out a two-foot sword in Port Richey on Saturday night and was intentionally swinging it near the child’s abdomen.

When the child asked him to stop, deputies say he continued to swing the sword and said, “I’m going to cut your head off!” The child later told deputies Lamella’s actions scared him.

After he was taken into custody, Lamella told deputies he removed the sword from a sheath. He admitted he told the child “I’m going to cut your head off” but said he was only joking. Lamella said the child looked scared when he said it and started crying.

The victim’s mother told deputies she found the child upset and crying in a bedroom. She also said Lamella was apologetic to both her and the child.

Deputies arrested Lamella for domestic aggravated assault and child abuse.