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DECATUR — A Decatur woman is facing a preliminary charge of endangering the life or health of a child after police said she punched her ex-girlfriend in the head, knocking her to the ground while the victim was holding her 6-month-old baby.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police said the incident happened on the morning of June 18, but officers found and arrested the 22-year-old woman Friday. In addition to the endangering the life or health of a child charge, she  also was booked on a preliminary charge of domestic battery. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

Writing in the affidavit, police Officer Alex Amaya said the victim told police she had dated the woman for two years before they broke up. She said they had been arguing at their apartment while the victim was holding her baby daughter.

“(She) struck (her) in the face twice … she was struck in the lip, causing it to be cut, as well as (struck) in the temple of the left side of her head, causing swelling,” Amaya said. “She fell to the ground after being struck the second time with her child in her arms, which endangered the life or health of the child.”

The affidavit did not list any physical injuries to the baby. Amaya said the victim was later sent Facebook video messages from the woman where she states “I did touch you. I busted your lip and scratched you up.”

The woman, who lists a home address in Springfield, is free after posting $2,000 bail with the condition she stays away from her former girlfriend and her Decatur home.

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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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