Bedford man arrested after throwing baby gate at a woman

BEDFORD – A Bedford man was arrested after a warrant was issued for his arrest on a charge of domestic battery.

Cody East

Police arrested 30-year-old Cody East.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on May 23, a family member reported East had injured a woman at a home in the 990 block of High Water Road. 

When Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived they spoke to the woman who was visibly upset. East had left the home. Police say the woman had a noticeable mark below her left  eye.  

The woman told police she was outside on the porch when East, who was asleep on the couch, woke up. The woman was working on assembling a new baby gate. East was upset because the woman had spent money on the gate. He became agitated and picked up several portions of the  gate and threw them. One struck the woman on the left side of her face causing the noticeable mark below her left eye. Another portion struck her in the left leg.

East then approached her, encroaching her personal space, she then pushed him away and told him to leave.

East then attempted to hit her car with a portion of the gate.  She told East the police were on their way and he fled.

The woman signed a battery affidavit.

Officers located East and he stated the woman had woken him in a rude manner and called him lazy for not helping put the baby gate together. This upset him and she told him to get his stuff and leave. He admitted he did throw the gate but did not intend to hit her with it. 

He then asked if he was going to jail and the officer told him the woman did sign a battery affidavit. East said he would turn himself in by the end of the shift, but he failed to do so. 

The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Officer and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

If you or someone you know is involved in a domestic violence situation and needs help, call Hoosier Hills PACT 24-hour crisis line at 1-888-883-1959 or visit their website at

The agency can provide emergency assistance with shelter to those in domestic violence situations.  Hoosier Hills Pack also provides assistance with court advocacy, protective orders, education, outreach programs, support groups, and more.