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DECATUR — A 22-year-old man is facing several charges, including endangering the life or health of a child for leaving a 2-year-old in the middle of a street, after being arrested Wednesday morning for two separate domestic battery incidents, Decatur police said. 

A signed police affidavit said officers were called at 10:51 p.m. May 4 to a home on the city's east side, where a woman told police that the man battered her daughter and forced her into a vehicle before driving away. 

The affidavit said the man and the younger woman had been friends for several months and were at her house the night of the incident. The two got into a verbal altercation, the affidavit said, and the man then tried to force the woman into the car by grabbing her by her hair and later by her arm, which was bruised as a result. 

In the affidavit, the woman told police that she got into the car after the man threatened to kill her, and they drove to her sister's house. The woman's 2-year-old son was in the backseat of the car, the affidavit said, and she and the man got into a physical altercation after he locked the vehicle's doors and wouldn't let her out. The woman fought the man off and finally managed to get out of the vehicle, the affidavit said.

The man then backed out of the driveway with the child still in the back seat, stopped in the middle of the street, took the child out and left him in the road before driving away, the affidavit said. The woman was able to quickly bring the boy to safety. 

In the second incident, police were called June 2 to a residence on the city's west side after the man approached the same woman's vehicle and punched her in the face numerous times as she sat inside, an affidavit said. The man then threw bricks at the vehicle as her three children sat in the back, the affidavit said. When the woman tried to hide behind the man's mother, he picked up his mother by her legs and forcibly moved her out of the way, the affidavit said.

The man was arrested on preliminary charges of unlawful restraint, endangering the life or health of a child, battery, domestic battery with priors, two counts of vehicular invasion and criminal damage to property under $500. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

The man was being held in Macon County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $200,500 bond. 

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


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