DECATUR — A warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of a Decatur woman accused of battering a 7-year-old child because he failed to do housework.
Terrica L. Patterson, 28, was due to appear in Macon County Circuit Court on Monday to face a charge of aggravated battery causing bodily harm, a Class 3 felony, punishable by two to five years in prison. But when she failed to show up, Judge Phoebe Bowers issued a bench warrant for her arrest.
Patterson had appeared in court May 11 when she said she needed time to find a lawyer. She had previously been free on bond, and the judge also ordered that revoked Monday.
A sworn affidavit filed in support of the charge said Decatur police were called by staff at Johns Hill Magnet School on April 10 when the boy arrived for class with extensive bruising on the left side of his face.
“The bruising was clearly in the pattern of a hand with finger marks,” the affidavit said. The affidavit quoted the boy as explaining he had been hit by Patterson for failing to clean up and also for getting bad grades in school.
Patterson has yet to enter a plea in the case. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is now overseeing the boy’s welfare, and Patterson is not allowed to have contact with him without the permission of DCFS.