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Linn County man facing charges of assault against child

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A Linn County man has been charged with first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment for injuries he allegedly caused to a child.

Patrick Decker, 26, was arraigned in Linn County Circuit Court on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 16 for an incident that is said to have taken place Sunday, Nov. 14. Court documents allege Decker intentionally or knowingly caused serious physical injury to a child younger than 6 years old who was in his permanent or temporary care.

According to a news release from the Lebanon Police Department, the agency received information at 2:49 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15 that a two-year-old boy was at Doernbecher Children's Hospital with serious physical injury. The news release states the child was initially transported to Lebanon Community Hospital by his mother's boyfriend (Decker) on Sunday, Nov. 14. The child was later taken by air ambulance to Doernbecher the same day. 

The news release explained that information provided to LPD regarding the child's injury raised suspicions. Detectives from LPD interviewed Decker at Doernbecher where he admitted to causing the serious injury. Decker was booked into Linn County Jail. 

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact LPD Detective James Glover at 541-451-1751, extension 4326.

During Tuesday’s arraignment, prosecutors argued for $100,000 security while the defense asked for $50,000. Linn County Circuit Court Judge Michael Wynhausen ultimately set the bail at $100,000 and ordered Decker to not have any contact with the victim or the victim’s mother. 

Edward Talmadge was appointed as Decker’s attorney. Decker is set to appear in court on Dec. 6.

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