Decatur man sentenced to 11 years for severely injuring child

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DECATUR - A Decatur man who pleaded guilty to aggravated battery to a child causing great bodily harm has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Cory Patterson, 24, received his sentence after entering a guilty plea on Wednesday.  The charge alleged that Patterson sprayed over cleaner on a 1-year-old boy in March, severely burning him.

Decatur police say Patterson originally told officers the boy was burned by hot water.  Authorities say Patterson later admitted to spraying the boy's back with the cleaner.

Decatur police also say the boy was taken to the hospital by his mother and Patterson approximately 14 hours after the incident occurred.  Officials say the boy had severe burns all around his body.
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