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DECATUR — A Decatur man told police he suffered a severe beating in revenge for having one of his girlfriend’s children removed from the home by the Department of Children and Family Services.

A sworn statement by Decatur Police Officer Malcolm Livingston said the man was treated in hospital for “a broken nose in three locations, bone chips in both of his cheeks, lacerated upper lip and a collapsed lung” after he was attacked May 1 at a home in the 1900 block of West Leafland Avenue.

Livingston said the victim said he was knocked to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked by his girlfriend’s brother and two unknown males.

Police arrested the 28-year-old brother at 4:12 a.m. Sunday and he was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated battery and felony mob action; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

The victim told Livingston he has been dating his girlfriend for two years and knows her brother by sight. “He advised that he facilitated the removal of (his girlfriend’s) child by DCFS because of drug use, which upset (his girlfriend),” Livingston added.

The brother was being held in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday night in lieu of posting bond set at $30,000. If he makes bail, he is ordered to stay away from the victim and his home.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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