DECATUR — A Decatur woman suffered a six-hour ordeal in her trailer home in which she was repeatedly beaten, choked and hit with a hammer by her boyfriend, police said.

A sworn affidavit said patrol officers found the 26-year-old woman Saturday afternoon in the 3700 block of East William Street.

“Decatur Police Department officers observed major swelling and bruising to the left side of her face and left wrist and hand,” said police officer Austin Clark in the affidavit. “DPD officers also observed her to have red in the white parts of her eye which a Decatur Memorial Hospital doctor would later confirm was consistent with being choked.”

Police caught up with her 24-year-old boyfriend a short time later, and he was jailed on preliminary charges of aggravated domestic battery/strangulation and unlawful restraint. He was also charged with committing domestic battery while having two prior domestic battery convictions.

Clark said the victim told them she had dated her boyfriend for two months and her ordeal started around 8:30 a.m. Saturday when she told him she had cheated on him because he had cheated on her.

Clark said the woman told police she had been choked to the point of blacking out and this had happened repeatedly, leaving her “going in and out of consciousness.”

The suspect remained in the Macon County Jail Monday night where he is being held without bond. He is due to be arraigned Dec. 1.


Staff Writer

Courts and public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.