A Worcester man was charged with attempted murder after allegedly assaulting his 3-year-old nephew on Thursday.

Police responded to a call at about 3:21 p.m. on Thursday from a man who said he just killed his nephew. Officers went to a Lincoln Village apartment and found Taj McDonald, 21, who identified himself as the boy's uncle.

The 3-year-old was found on the couch and was conscious, police said. Worcester EMS treated the boy at the scene and then transported him to a nearby hospital. He is in stable condition and his injuries are not life threatening, police said. 

He sustained trauma to his face and neck.

McDonald told detectives that he was in charge of watching the boy while his father was at work. Police said that he assaulted the boy several times.

McDonald was charged with two counts of attempted murder, reckless endangerment of a child, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, assault and battery on a family or household member, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and strangulation. 

He was ordered held without bail at the Worcester County District Court on Friday, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. He is due back in court Oct. 19 for a dangerousness hearing.

The Department of Children and Families were informed about the incident and are working with investigators.