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Beaten Decatur woman tells police she was kept as prisoner, feared for her life

Beaten Decatur woman tells police she was kept as prisoner, feared for her life


DECATUR — A Decatur man is facing a preliminary charge of domestic battery after his girlfriend told police she was beaten and kept as a prisoner in their apartment in fear of her life.

The woman was rescued by Decatur Police around 3 a.m. Saturday when they entered a Decatur apartment and found her “curled up into a ball and crying” in a “closet-size room.” Her 59-year-old boyfriend of three months was under arrest 38 minutes later; all preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

Police: Decatur man invaded ex-girlfriend's home and attacked her

Writing in a sworn affidavit, police Officer Jaime Hagemeyer said the sobbing woman said she got into an argument with her boyfriend and had been hit in the head with a wooden coffee table. He had then dragged her around the apartment by her hair, punched her all over her body and tried to push her out of a window, Hagemeyer wrote.

“She was terrified to tell police this information, stating (the boyfriend) provides for her but she knows he will eventually kill her,” said Hagemayer. “She stated she has not left this small apartment in three months and she is beaten daily by (the boyfriend).”

Hagemayer said the woman had bleeding wounds on her body and bruising and swelling on her head and around her left eye. Hagemayer said the boyfriend said he had gotten into an argument with her and they pushed “each other around, but that was the extent of it.”

Macon County Jail records showed the boyfriend remained in custody Monday night in lieu of posting $10,000 bail. If he makes bond, he is ordered to stay away from the woman.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland with Decatur Police, while not commenting specifically on this case, said in response to a question from the Herald & Review that police officers are required to refer abuse victims for help from sources such as DOVE Inc.'s Domestic Violence Program. 

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review 

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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