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A Viola woman who was being held in the Izard County Detention Facility as the result of minor charges from Fulton County is now facing felony charges stemming from her conduct while in jail.  Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Michelle Alaine Betterton was placed in a restraint chair in order to prevent her from doing bodily harm to herself when it was observed that Betterton was screaming and hitting her head against the door of her cell. . After awhile in restraints, Batterton seemed to have gain her composure  and  was placed in  a closely monitored cell.  A short time later , jail personnel  returned to her cell when Betterton had appeared to harm herself. Batterton had blood all over her,  all over her cell and was screaming something to effect, “They are going to kill me”.  Jail personnel were initially unable to determine from which part of her body the blood was coming from.  It was finally determined that Batterton a bit her wrists sufficiently to cause massive bleeding and  emergency measure were taken  to stop the bleeding.   Batterton was transported by ambulance to a hospital..  During the course of events, Batterton fought and  spit on at least three female jailers. Batterton was again arrested on January 23 on charges of aggravated assault on correctional facility employees ( three counts ), obstructing governmental operations (two counts ), and disorderly conduct.  Bond for Batterton was set by District Judge David E. Miller in the amount of $5,000 and was granted a conditional release for admittance to a treatment facility.



News Release

For Immediate Release

January 28, 2013

POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence

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Note: Picture of Batterton provided

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