DECATUR — A 19-year-old Decatur man is facing preliminary criminal charges after police say he paddled a child, court documents say.

According to a sworn affidavit, a police officer was sent at 2:30 p.m. Thursday to Decatur Memorial Hospital after a Department of Child and Family Services case worker called to say a child, younger than 13, had been brought in with injuries.

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Officers saw a large bruise on the child's bottom consistent with the shape of a paddle, the sworn affidavit said.

The 19-year-old was arrested on preliminary charges of aggravated battery to a child and domestic battery, which are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond. 

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