DECATUR — Police say an argument over text messages with another woman escalated to the point where a Decatur man threw an object at the girlfriend and mother of his child Sunday night, gashing open a large cut in her forehead.

Written reports say the boyfriend, 21, also punched the 24-year-old victim in the back of the head. The head wound needed five stitches to close at a hospital.

The couple had been parked outside an address in the 1800 block of East Main Street when the argument started over messages the boyfriend had received from another woman. He had grabbed the car keys and refused to hand them over, police allege, before throwing the object and landing the punch. He is being sought on aggravated battery and other charges.

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