Seymour man faces charges following domestic incident

Seymour police arrested a man late Wednesday after they said he battered a woman and held her against her will.

John Jeffery Bates, 38, of Seymour faces preliminary Level 6 felony charges of domestic battery in the presence of a child and criminal confinement.

Chief Bill Abbott said police were called to an apartment around 11 p.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of Miller Lane on a report that a woman was being confined.

When police arrived at the apartment, three children told officers they could hear the woman tell Bates to stop choking her.

The children used a FaceTime application to call someone for help, Abbott said. That person then called police.

Bates and the woman were found in a separate room in the residence where the incident occurred.

The woman told police when she tried to leave the room, Bates would block the door, police said. She said he also threw a small item at her in the room.

Bates denied the incident occurred, but Abbott said officers reported he had an injury on his hand that caused him to bleed. They also found blood on the woman’s neck.

Officers Michael Payne, Kevin Settle and Devlin McMindes responded to the incident.

Bates was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 1:18 a.m. without bond.

A Level 6 felony is punishable between six months and two and a half years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is one year.