A Colleton County man was charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of his sleeping uncle early Sunday morning, said Sheriff George Malone.

Deputies were called to 217 Bodison Memorial Drive in Round O about 3:41 a.m. They found William Sanders, 51, with several stab wounds, Malone said.

A family member told deputies that she was awakened by a scream and saw Sanders' nephew, 21-year-old Daquan Lavine Sanders, who lived there, stabbing his uncle, who was sleeping on the couch. She said she intervened and was cut on her hand.

The uncle was taken to Medical University Hospital by helicopter.

The nephew was taken to the Colleton County Detention Center and charged with attempted murder.