Metro-East News

Grandfather faces battery charges after police say he hit boy with belt

Decatur Police have charged a 64-year-old grandfather with aggravated battery to a child and domestic battery for allegedly bruising a child by hitting him with a belt.

Police say they were called at about 6 p.m. Monday to the local hospital, where a 12-year-old boy with bruises on his elbow, arm, wrist and thigh was being treated. The boy and the grandfather told police the man had hit the boy with a leather belt.

The charges are preliminary and being reviewed by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office, The Herald & Review says.

The man was released on $15,000 bond and has a court date. His name was not available on Wednesday.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme