Inverness man arrested on child abuse charge

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An Inverness man was arrested Sunday evening on a charge of aggravated child abuse after a 14-year-old girl accused him of stomping on her stomach and torso.

The alleged incident happened during an argument the suspect, 40-year-old Ronnie Decker, and the girl were having about a telephone conversation the girl overheard, according to his arrest affidavit. The girl reportedly hit Decker during the altercation. He admitted to arguing with the girl but denied intentionally stepping on or kicking her.

The girl did not require immediate medical attention, but an investigator encouraged the girl’s mother to take her to a hospital for a medical examination.

Decker was arrested and taken to the Citrus County Detention Facility, where he was held without bond.