DECATUR — A Decatur man who police said dragged a 10-year-old boy by his ankles through a yard and onto a sidewalk to “get him to calm down” is now facing a preliminary charge of aggravated battery.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police said the incident happened Saturday night outside a home in the 2300 block of East Main Street. Writing in the affidavit, Officer James Pinney described the boy as having “fresh red bruising in several areas on his back from the middle of his back to the shoulder blade area” as a result of the dragging.

Pinney said the boy had been playing baseball in the yard with his 9-year-old brother when the two began arguing and fighting with each other. The 10-year-old then threw a brick that hit his brother in the back of the head prompting the 39-year-old man, who lives with the boys’ mother, to intervene.

Pinney said the man grabbed hold of the older boy and held him on the ground to calm the child down. Pinney said the man told him he then began dragging the boy around hoping that would calm him, but it did not. “He was then able to restrain him by wrapping his arms around the front of him in the middle of the front yard,” added Pinney.

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In addition to the aggravated battery charge, the man was also booked on a preliminary charge of domestic battery; all preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

Records show the man remained held in the Macon County Jail Tuesday in lieu of posting bond set at $5,000. If he makes bail, he is ordered to stay away from the two boys, their mother and the family home.

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