DECATUR — An Oreana grandfather faces preliminary charges of endangering his young grandchildren after police said he engaged in a struggle with his daughter in the middle of a restaurant.

The 60-year-old man was arrested Sunday afternoon at the Dairy Queen at 4605 E. Maryland St. after Decatur police were called. A sworn affidavit said officers found him physically blocking the minivan that held his daughter, her husband and their children ages 10 and 3, preventing them from leaving the parking lot.

The man was booked on two preliminary charges of domestic battery and two counts of endangering the life or health of the children, which are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s office. The case is also being reviewed by the state’s attorney's office to see if a charge of aggravated battery in a public place is warranted. Police said the daughter was left with red marks on her neck and her necklace was broken during the incident.

The sworn affidavit said at one point, while the grandfather was struggling with his son-in-law who had earlier “taken him to the ground” inside the restaurant to stop him assaulting his wife, the 3-year-old child had been knocked backward into a cooler holding ice cream cakes.

“He (the child) was not injured but was put into this situation along with (his 10-year-old sister) to possibly be injured by the (grandfather’s) actions,” patrol officer James Pinney said in the affidavit.

Pinney said the trouble began when the grandfather, his wife and other family members met his daughter, her husband and their children at the restaurant. Pinney said the purpose was so the grandparents “could see the children before they moved.” But the grandfather began arguing with his daughter, and when she got up and tried to leave, he grabbed her by the chin and “pushed back on her” and then grabbed her by the shoulders to restrain her, Pinney said.

“(The daughter) began screaming and yelling for help … (her husband) was at the counter and came over to help and was able to get her away from (the grandfather),” Pinney said. The struggle continued, resulting in the son-in-law doing a “leg sweep” on the grandfather to knock him down before the 3-year-old was pushed into the cake cabinet.

The grandfather followed the family out as they fled to their van, banging on the windows and yelling and still blockading the vehicle as police arrived.

The grandfather was later released from the Macon County Jail after posting $7,500 bail. His bond conditions order him to stay away from his daughter, son-in-law and both grandchildren.

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