DECATUR – A 20-year-old Decatur man is facing felony charges after he allegedly kicked a pregnant woman in her abdomen.

A 19-year-old woman told police the night of Jan. 8 that she was in a westside residence, along with her infant son, when she and Deonta Merriweather began to argue about circumstances related to living arrangements.

As she was sitting on the floor, folding laundry, Merriweather told her to leave the residence, said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Kenneth Duffy.

After Merriweather threatened to hit her, she told him he was not going to touch her. He responded by saying, “You bet I won't?” or words to that effect, the victim told police.

“Deonta then kicked her on the right side of her stomach, near her ribs, and punched her with a closed fist, making contact with her upper lip,” Duffy wrote in his statement.

The victim told police she was in her 18th week of her pregnancy.

Police observed that the victim suffered a small laceration to the center of her lip.

Merriweather was arrested at 10:50 p.m. Jan. 8 and booked into the Macon County Jail. His bond was set at $10,000, with the condition that he would have no contact with the victim.

He was arraigned Jan. 11 on two felony counts of aggravated battery, one each for punching or kicking the woman while she was pregnant. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of domestic battery.

Merriweather was found to be indigent and assigned a public defender to represent him. He was released from custody Jan. 13 after posting $1,000 cash bail.

Merriweather is due in court Feb. 15 for his preliminary hearing.


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