A man allegedly covered a 4-year-old East Peoria girl with “severe” bruises because he “couldn’t handle” her loud behavior as he baby sat her.


Brian Umstattd, 28, acknowledged he “bopped” the child on the side of her face, then laid her over his knee and struck her, according to a felony battery charge filed in court Sunday.


That story falls short of explaining the “severe bruising” to the girl’s “head, face, neck, shoulder, arms, hands, side, buttocks, legs, ankles and feet” that a detective found shortly after Umstattd’s alleged assault on Dec. 13, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.


Umstattd, of LeRoy, remained in custody Monday on $35,000 bond and a charge of aggravated battery to a child under 13. The Class 3 felony is punishable by probation to five years in prison.


The child’s mother told police she left her with Umstattd, her boyfriend who had been living with her for about six weeks, when she went to work shortly after 4 p.m. About two hours later, Umstattd called her and said he "couldn’t handle" the girl’s screaming and yelling anymore and had hit her, the affidavit stated.


The mother quickly returned home to find that Umstattd had packed his possessions. He left the home as she arrived, she said, and she took her daughter to a Peoria hospital.


The detective called to the hospital noted the girl’s right hand and wrist were swollen as well as the other bruises, the affidavit stated.


Three days later he made contact with Umstattd, who was arrested after providing his description of his violence to the child.


Umstattd’s prior criminal record consists of a misdemeanor marijuana possession case in 2007. He is next due in court on Jan. 5.

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