Two inmates face felonies following fight at jail

Two Jackson County Jail inmates were charged with battery following a fight reported Wednesday night.

Michael Dale Taylor, 34, of Seymour was charged with two Level 6 felonies of battery causing moderate bodily injury, and Clarence McDonald, 30, of Seymour was charged with a Level 6 felony of battery and a Class B misdemeanor of battery.

The incident began in one of the pods at the jail in Brownstown when Taylor accused others of telling jail staff he knew how to bypass a lock on the door of a cell, Lt. Adam Nicholson said.

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That incident led to Taylor becoming involved in an altercation with two other inmates, Nicholson said.

Taylor also called McDonald for help, and he began hitting the other inmates, too.

Jail staff members were called at 10:08 p.m., and Officer J.L. McElfresh responded to the incident. Pods are locked down for the night at 11 p.m., Nicholson said.

He said jailers took two inmates to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour for treatment of injuries to the face and head. They were later returned to the jail.

Taylor was being held on various charges, including battery, burglary while armed and failure to register as a sex offender, while McDonald was being held on a parole violation.

A Level 6 felony carries a sentence between six months and two and a half years in prison if convicted.