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DECATUR — A family argument that escalated when a stepdaughter had her stepmother arrested on an outstanding warrant led to the daughter being beaten up by her father and her stepmother, police reports said.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said the trouble started Saturday evening at a business in Forsyth where the 18-year-old daughter, her stepmother and father worked.

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“(The daughter) advised she got tired of arguing and called police,” officer Hannah Millington said in the affidavit. “She said she called police because she knew (the stepmother) had a warrant out for her arrest. (The daughter) said the police came and arrested the stepmother for her warrant, which made (her father) very upset.”

Macon County Circuit Court records show the warrant was related to two earlier charges of domestic battery.

Millington said the daughter had gone to stay with her mother in Decatur when her father, 42, and her 36-year-old stepmother pulled up outside the house at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

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Millington said the daughter came outside to see them and was attacked by the stepmother who repeatedly punched her in the head. The daughter told police her father told the stepmother to get back in their vehicle before he, too, began to “swing” a closed fist at her three to five times, hitting his daughter in the face repeatedly, according to the affidavit.

The daughter told police her mother then began to approach the fracas, prompting her father and stepmother to jump back in their vehicle and “flee the area.”

The daughter did not have any visible injuries, the affidavit said, but she complained of face and head pain.

The father, booked on one preliminary charge of domestic battery while having a prior domestic battery conviction, remained in the Macon County Jail on Monday night in lieu of posting $15,000 bail. The stepmother faces a preliminary charge of domestic battery and is free after posting $2,500 bond. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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