Three arrested for intimidating a witness

Tribune Staff Reports

A woman from Tennessee and two juveniles face charges related to an investigation of intimidation of a female who had reported being battered in September 2018 at a residence in the Seymour area.

The investigation that led to the arrest of Amanda Brittany Elswick, 33, of Nashville on Saturday began after a female juvenile told Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Officer Mark Holt a female and male juvenile who had been involved in the battery had been sending her threatening videos and messages.

The female and male juveniles, who were both 14 at the time of the battery incident, were arrested Friday at a home in the 8500 block of North U.S. 31 in the Seymour area on Level 6 felony charges of intimidation. The female, who lived with her father in Tennessee, also was arrested for being a runaway.

During the investigation, Elswick came to the Seymour Police Department, where she was arrested on a Level 6 felony charge of intimidating a witness, two Level 6 felony charges of neglect of a dependent and a Class B misdemeanor charge of harassment.

Holt said the threatening messages sent to the female who had been battered were suggestive about how she was going to be battered again and even showed the type of tools that would be used to batter her.

After reviewing the messages, Elswick and the two juveniles were located and arrested by Holt. County Officer J.L. McElfresh and Seymour police assisted with the investigation and arrests.

Police said the incident that led to the original battery began in September when friends went to a home in the 7400 block of North U.S. 31 to find something. At that time, the female that was charged pushed the other girl against a wall during an altercation.

Elswick was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 11:51 p.m. Saturday and being held without bond. The juveniles were taken to a juvenile detention center.