DECATUR — A Decatur man facing a charge of sexually assault that involved biting a 6-year-old boy will undergo an examination to see if he is mentally fit to stand trial.

The examination of Colby J. Park, 20, was ordered Wednesday afternoon at a preliminary hearing before Macon County Circuit Court Judge Phoebe Bowers.

The judge was responding to a request from Chief Public Defender David Ellison, who filed a motion asking for the psychiatric exam. Assistant State’s Attorney Timothy Tighe raised no objection.

“Finding by the court that there is a bona fide issue concerning the defendant’s fitness,” said Bowers said, who then scheduled a fitness hearing for March 27.

Park, who is free on $5,000 bond, has yet to enter a plea on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault to a victim under 13 and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under 13.

A sworn affidavit about the case from Decatur police detective James Knierim said Park took the boy for a ride on a golf cart on the evening of Oct. 7 when the assault, which included biting the boy's penis, occurred.

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Knierim quoted the boy’s mother as describing how she was in her living room when she suddenly heard her son screaming in agony. She rushed outside, and the crying child told her he had been bitten.

“(The mother) told officers that (her son) pulled down the front of his pants, and she observed him to be bleeding heavily," Knierim said.

The enraged mother took off after Park who was described as fleeing on the golf cart. The mother told police her son said Park had asked him “please don’t tell your mother” about what happened, but the boy had replied “Yes, I am.”

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