DECATUR — A 31-year-old Decatur man who police said tied his girlfriend's 6-year-old son to a chair as punishment pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful restraint and domestic battery Wednesday.
Macon County Circuit Court records show Jamie L. Eubanks entered his plea and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He is due to return to court for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. Sept. 7.
Eubanks was represented by defense attorney David Ellison. and State's Attorney Jay Scott represented the prosecution Wednesday, the court records show. Attorney Steven Perbix will serve as Eubanks' counsel during the trial and Assistant State's Attorney Stacey Turner will represent the prosecution.
Unlawful restraint is a Class 4 felony in Illinois, while domestic battery is a Class A misdemeanor.
A signed police affidavit from Decatur police officer Alex Amaya said Eubanks left the boy tied up in the chair for several hours, and told his girlfriend's other two children to eat cookies in front of him.
Amaya described the other children, both younger than 10, as saying the boy would be encased in rope around his arms, hands, chest, stomach and legs, and his mouth would be duct-taped shut.
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The abuse came to light after the boy and his siblings were removed from the home by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services earlier this year, Amaya said. DCFS removed the children after reports that Eubanks and the mother of the children had been smoking methamphetamine in front of the family, Amaya said.
The mother was arrested July 10 on a preliminary charge of domestic battery.
Note: This story has been updated to correct which attorneys were present at Jamie L. Eubanks' court appearance Wednesday.
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