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Deputy: Man severely injured woman's face

A White City man is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $100,000 bail after allegedly assaulting a woman and causing major injuries to her face.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputy who responded to the scene Friday night said the woman appeared to have multiple broken bones in her face. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation, according to a probable cause affidavit.

John Martin Phelan, 63, of the 7500 block of Hale Way in White City faces charges of attempted second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and strangulation. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Phelan allegedly broke into the bedroom of his live-in girlfriend, got on top of her and choked her with his forearm while telling her he could kill her as she lost consciousness.

"John then beat her about the face and the head causing serious physical injury to her face. Possible multiple broken bones in her face," the affidavit said.

The woman said she thought Phelan was trying to kill her. She said she was able to bite him on the arm, kick him, jump out the nearest window and run to a neighbor for help. Blood was found on a bed and nightstand in the room where the alleged assault took place, the affidavit said.

Phelan was originally lodged in jail on charges of attempted murder, strangulation and second-, third- and fourth-degree assault.

In January 2016, Phelan was accused of driving to Dairy Queen in White City, exiting his vehicle and punching a man in the face who had been walking down the road. Employees in the area ran to the man's aid.

Phelan pleaded no contest to charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and driving with a suspended license in December 2016. Charges of fourth-degree assault and harassment were dismissed. He was sentenced to probation and community service, court records show.

— Reach staff reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

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