DECATUR — A 25-year-old man faces preliminary domestic battery charges after beating his pregnant girlfriend Monday morning after he accused her of cheating on him, police said.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland of the Decatur Police Department said officers arrived at 1:50 a.m. to a residence on the city's northwest side and made contact with the suspect, who appeared to be highly intoxicated and agitated. The man yelled profanities at the officers and refused to follow commands, Copeland said.

The suspect and the woman were in a relationship, and the woman was three months pregnant, Copeland said. He said the woman told officers the suspect arrived home at 1:30 a.m., looked through her phone and accused her of cheating on him. The man "flew into a violent rage" and threw her to the ground, striking her repeatedly with open and closed fists, Copeland said.

She ran out of the house, but he caught up to her and began strangling her until she could not breathe, Copeland said. The victim got away and ran to a nearby residence, where the suspect was later arrested.

Officers noted the woman had blood on her mouth, hands and chest, Copeland said. Officers arrested the suspect who repeatedly smashed his head into the side of the squad car and the ground, Copeland said. He was taken by police to HSHS St. Mary's Hospital for treatment and released, Copeland said.

The man was booked into the Macon County Jail on preliminary charges of aggravated battery to a pregnant woman, aggravated assault and aggravated domestic battery/strangle, police said. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

The suspect is currently being held at the Macon County Jail in lieu of $75,000.

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