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Aggravated Battery Charge Dropped Against Centralia Man When Victim Recants Statement

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Marion County State's Attorney's office has dropped an aggravated battery charge against a 36-year-old Centralia man and are now looking at charging the person who was originally thought to be the victim.  

Assistant State's Attorney Melissa Doran says the decision was made to drop the case against Harry Hawkins of East Third after Camille Darden of Centralia allegedly recanted her original story.  Darden had initially told Centralia Police she was struck in the head, had her hair pulled and was bitten by Hawkins.  In the second statement, Doran said Darden admitted lying because she thought Hawkins was cheating on her and she wanted to get him in trouble.  

The State's Attorney's office is now looking at charges against Darden for making a false police report.  However, no final decisions have been made.   

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