DECATUR – Duan L. Lewis, a 23-year-old Decatur man, was arrested Wednesday on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder, for the death of a 5-month-old female infant.

He is being held without bond in the Macon County Jail.

At 5:22 p.m. Thursday, first responders from Decatur police and fire departments and Decatur Ambulance Service were sent to a residence in the 1100 block of East Division Street on the report of a 5-month-old child who was not breathing.

The infant was taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital and later transferred to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

She was pronounced dead Tuesday, said a news release from the Decatur Police Department.

It was determined that the child suffered injuries as a result of abuse and subsequently died from those injuries. She was on life support at the hospital and never regained consciousness.

Lewis, who has an extensive criminal history, has served three terms in the Illinois Department of Corrections since 2011. He was most recently released from prison on parole on Aug. 19, after serving six months of a one-year sentence for unlawful use of a weapon in a Will County case.

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