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Man severely beaten for allegedly fondling himself near children in Mattoon
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Man severely beaten for allegedly fondling himself near children in Mattoon


MATTOON — A Mattoon man has been charged with severely beating a man who police say fondled himself near small children at Sunrise Apartments.

A Mattoon Police Department news release reported that Jesse A. Baird, 29, was arrested at approximately 5:18 p.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of South Ninth Street.

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The aggravated battery charge alleges Baird beat a man severely with a lamp post, as well as with his feet and fists. Police said Baird admitted to taking the actions after becoming enraged due to reportedly finding the victim fondling himself while in the presence of Baird’s children. The incident occurred within a bedroom at the apartment complex.

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Police reported that the beaten man, a 52-year-old from Gary, Indiana, was taken via medical transport helicopter directly to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he is in critical condition with numerous blunt force trauma injuries to his head.

Baird was taken to the Coles County jail. No hearings have been scheduled for Baird and his bond amount has not been set.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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