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Crime & Courts

Genoa police investigating attack on girlfriend, child

SYCAMORE – Police continue to investigate a situation involving a Genoa man accused of attacking his girlfriend and her daughter last week.

Kermit A. Watt, 51, of the 100 block of Prairie Street in Genoa, was charged Friday with aggravated battery and two counts of domestic battery.

If convicted of the aggravated battery charge, he would face up to five years in prison.

He appeared in court Tuesday via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County Jail.

His bond was set at $150,000 when he first appeared in court Sunday. Monday was a court holiday because of Columbus Day.

According to court documents, Watt choked his girlfriend and pushed her daughter, causing her to fall and hit her head.

He also touched the child inappropriately with his face and hands and twisted her arms trying to bend her over.

When police responded about 8:30 p.m. Friday to Watt’s address, they heard screaming and yelling coming from inside the home, Genoa Police Chief Ty Lynch said.

After breaking down the door, police observed Watt battering both victims.

The public defender’s office was appointed to represent Watt, who will appear in court again Oct. 29.

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