DECATUR — A 23-year-old Decatur man faces preliminary felony battery charges after police said he left bruises on his two young sons in separate incidents. 

A signed Decatur police affidavit said the incidents happened on Wednesday and Thursday. The mother told police that she saw the man strike their 2-year-old son with his fists and a belt, but didn't know he had battered their 7-month-old son. 

The affidavit said the mother told police the man punches the 2-year-old in the arms "all the time," but she could not specify how many times. She said the man had also spanked the boy with a belt several times that week. 

Police found that the boy had numerous bruises on his stomach, buttocks, lower back, the back of both his thighs and both biceps and shoulders, the affidavit said.

The man acknowledged to officers that he spanked his 2-year-old son "all the time" with his hands, and switched to using a belt because his hands were "no longer effective," the affidavit said. He also said he punches the boy in the arms frequently because he was "making him a stronger man," the affidavit said. 

Officers later found that the man's 7-month-old son had numerous bruises covering his buttocks. When asked about the bruising, the man said he spanks the baby for discipline, but doesn't use a belt, the affidavit said. 

When asked by police why he would discipline a 7-month-old, the affidavit said the man responded that he did so because the baby would not stop crying. The man acknowledged that he caused the baby's bruises, but did not know how many times or how often he spanked him, the affidavit said. 

The man, who was arrested Thursday, faces two preliminary charges of aggravated battery of a child and two charges of domestic battery, all of which are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. He was being held in the Macon County Jail on Friday in lieu of $150,000 bond.

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