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DECATUR — A 64-year-old man was arrested Monday night after police said he struck his 12-year-old grandson with a leather belt and left the boy with multiple bruises. 

A signed police affidavit said the man faces preliminary charges of aggravated battery to a child, a Class X felony, and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

The affidavit said officers were called to HSHS St. Mary's Hospital about 6 p.m. Monday, after a nurse practitioner examined the boy and found red, 3-by-2-centimeter bruises on the inside of his right elbow, bottom of his upper forearm, his right wrist and right thigh.

A 4-centimeter bruise was also found on the boy's left forearm, the affidavit said, along with other red and purple welt-like bruises. 

The boy told police that his grandfather struck him about 6 times for not doing what he was told, the affidavit said. When interviewed by officers, the man admitted to striking his grandson about four to five times with a 1-inch thick leather belt. 

The man, who was released from Macon County Jail on $15,000 bond, is due in court for arraignment on March 27. 

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Public Safety Reporter

Public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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