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BLOOMINGTON — In an interview with authorities, the 4-year-old son of a Bloomington woman told police how his mother received the serious injuries that sent her to a Peoria hospital. 

Marquis Perkins, 29, is accused of hitting the woman with a bottle and threatening her with a handgun. When he was taken to jail, officers located a plastic baggy with 4 grams of heroin in his buttocks, according to a statement read by a prosecutor Friday in McLean County court.

The victim, who was living with Perkins, initially told police she'd been struck by a man at a party where she had used a combination of drugs. She later told Bloomington police she was injured at her home, but she did not know if Perkins or another man had harmed her.

In his first police interview, Perkins claimed the woman came home from the party with the severe laceration to her head. According to prosecutors, Perkins changed his story and told officers he was home with the woman and two children, but he blacked out and did not know how she was hurt.

But on Thursday, the victim's 4-year-old son told interviewers with the McLean County Children's Advocacy Center that he saw Perkins hit his mother in the head and the leg, said the prosecutor's statement. He also told authorities that Perkins had a handgun and used the weapon to threaten his mother.

A doctor told police the woman will require plastic surgery to repair her head wound that was likely caused by multiple, forceful blows, said prosecutors.

During a search of the home, officers found a bottle with blood on it and a handgun, said police, and $900 in Perkins' shirt pocket.

Perkins is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated domestic battery, delivery and possession of a controlled substance and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He is being held in lieu of $25,035.

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