DECATUR — A 23-year-old male parolee is being held without bond in the Macon County Jail, after he was arrested for repeatedly punching a 19-year-old mother, while she held her 3-month-old infant in her arms.
Although the woman tried to shield her tiny boy from multiple blows from the fists of Terrell A. Adams, the baby was injured.
The infant suffered “a slightly swollen left eyelid as well as a bloodshot left eye,” according to an arrest affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Timothy Wittmer.
Adams, who was released from prison Jan. 24, 2011, after serving five years of a 10-year sentence for armed robbery, was arrested Tuesday for the attack on the woman and child, which occurred on the second anniversary of his release.
At about 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 24, the victim reported to police that she was sitting in a chair in an apartment on the 1300 block of East Wellington Way “when Terrell approached her and began striking her multiple times on the right side of her body and head with a closed fist,” Wittmer wrote in his statement.
The woman told police “she attempted to use her body to shield (the baby,) however, he was struck during the physical altercation.”
After the infant was injured, the woman handed her baby to her sister, who was in the apartment at the time of the attack. As the victim ran outside to escape further injury, Adams chased after her. When she tripped, he “jumped on top of her and punched her in the back of the head, neck and shoulder area repeatedly with a closed fist.”
A witness told police essentially the same story.
Adams is being held in the jail on preliminary charges of endangering the life/health of a child, unlawful restraint and domestic battery, pending his arraignment. He could be returned to the Illinois Department of Corrections for violating his parole.