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Metro-East officer charged with striking child

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( -- A Metro-East police officer has been charged with aggravated battery and domestic battery after investigators say he struck a child in the head.

On Friday, St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly charged David L. Lauer II, 44, of Troy, Illinois with one count of aggravated battery and one count of domestic battery.

The charges allege that Lauer, a Centreville, Illinois police officer, caused bodily harm to a child under the age of thirteen.  The report states that Lauer struck the child in the head with his hand.

According to officials, the child lived in the household with Lauer, but did not say if the two were related.  The report did not state if the child was injured in the attack.

A warrant for Lauer's arrest was signed by a judge on Friday and bond was set at $25,000.

Aggravated battery is a class 3 felony and is punishable by two to five years in prison and up to 30 months of probation.  The domestic battery charge is a class A misdemeanor.

The case was investigated by the O'Fallon, Illinois police department.

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