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Deputies: Woman escaped home in a towel after brutal, bloody beatings

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Jonathan Sheats (Courtesy: SCSO) Jonathan Sheats (Courtesy: SCSO)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A woman told deputies God saved her life during a violent beating at the hands of her fiancé in a Spartanburg County home early Thursday morning.

According to incident reports, Jonathan Sheats, 37, was arrested and charged with domestic violence first degree and kidnapping.

The victim told them Sheats was visiting her and she had been trying to help him beat a drug habit, but things took an ugly turn when she found him using drugs in the bathroom.

The victim, 26, said Sheats threw her to the ground and began hitting her in the head repeatedly.

The victim said she begged continually to be let go but Sheats continued pummeling her until her entire body went him.

Eventually, the victim said Sheats told her to get in the shower and clean the blood off of her, and that if he got in trouble for the assault, he would kill her.

The victim told deputies another beating occurred while she was in the shower.

Sheats then refused to let her leave or call for medical help, the victim said. Eventually, she was able to wrap herself in a towel and escape to a neighbor’s home, where reports state she called 911.

Deputies said when they arrived, the victim told them repeatedly that if had not been for God, Sheats would have killed her. Her face was swollen and blood was flowing from her eyebrow area, the reports state.

Deputies then went to the address where the violence was reported and said they found Sheats cleaning the house.

Deputies said Sheats gave them an alternate version of events, claiming the victim was drinking and then became enraged when he asked her to stop. He claimed her injuries stemmed from her breaking a bottle and cutting herself in the process, according to the incident reports. He claimed that he asked her to shower and clean herself up and said the victim then pulled a towel rack from the wall and hit him with it.

Deputies said they saw blood splattered through the entire house, women’s clothes on the bathroom floor and in the tub, and broken glass through the house. Deputies noted marks from where a towel rack appeared to have been removed from the wall but deputies did not find the actual towel rack.

Deputies said the evidence supported the victim’s version of events and Sheats was arrested.

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