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DECATUR — Enraged after his 1-year-old daughter accidentally kicked him on the site of a recent gunshot wound, a Decatur father spanked the child and then strangled, punched and bit her mother when she protested, police said. 

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said the incident happened Tuesday afternoon at a home in the 2500 block of East North Street and the 21-year-old father was arrested that afternoon. He was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated battery to a pregnant victim (his girlfriend is 16 weeks pregnant with their second child), unlawful restraint and committing domestic battery while having a previous domestic battery conviction. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

Writing in the affidavit, officer Andrew Holloway said the baby’s 19-year-old mother reported the child had been lying on the floor near her father, who was also lying down, when she kicked the site of the two-week-old gunshot wound in his back.

Police: Decatur man faces charges after he batters 2-year-old, 7-month-old sons

The father then “spanked” the baby as punishment, prompting an argument between the parents. The mother told police the father then got up off the floor and “charged” her, locking his hands around her neck and strangling her for approximately 10 seconds, the document said. 

“(The mother) stated he then began to punch her in the face multiple times with both of his fists as she was still sitting on the couch,” Holloway said. “She stated that he punched her in the face five to six times ... before she was able to push him away.”

The mother told police she made a run for the front door but the father caught her in a “bear hug” and bit her on the left shoulder, hard enough that police saw the “perfect imprint” of two sets of bloody teeth marks.

The affidavit said the violence was witnessed by the father’s sister, who stopped the attack after yelling at her brother to leave his girlfriend alone.

The father remained held in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of posting $75,000 bond.

Decatur police detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said Wednesday the father had been shot in December in an incident that remains under investigation.

Photos: 2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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