ONLY ON 3: Man beaten in Bladen Co. Jail probably should not have been there


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Submitted: Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:59am
Updated: Thu, 01/24/2013 - 7:20pm
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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County woman says her husband is fighting for his life tonight after being beaten while in jail. And making the whole thing even more upsetting is that Joshua Ward maybe should not have even been behind bars in the first place.

Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ward was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a traffic infraction. He was booked in the Bladen County Jail. By 5:30 p.m., he was severely beaten by inmates.

“They put a sheet over the camera and beat him within an inch of his life,” Ward’s wife Amanda said.

Amanda says her husband suffered three broken ribs, a broken nose, 12 stitches to his face and head and bleeding in his brain. She says he should not have been arrested in the first place.

“He had already went to court, and the lawyer told him it had been continued, go on home,” she said.

She’s also outraged, because she says she learned of her husband’s beating from a friend and that the jail has not given her any information.

“They don’t want to talk,” Amanda said. “They don’t want to say anything. They’re sorry.”

Bladen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Capt. Rodney Hester said in a statement, “We understand Mr. Ward was severely beaten last night. An investigation is underway, and charges will be filed.”

Amanda Ward says she wants answers.

“Sorry is not fixing it,” she said. “Sorry is not making it better. Nobody is fessing up. Nobody is standing up to say, ‘Hey, we’re responsible for this. What can we do to help?'”

At last check, Ward is listed in serious condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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44 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Man beaten in Bladen Co. Jail probably should not have been there"


accountant
2015 years 8 months ago

I am sure there is more to this story. But just one question. Why was the camera in the cell and not outside the cell so that the camera could not be covered up? I agree, that if the lawyer was supposed to handle the case, he is responsible. This happened to my sister, but she just had her license revoked, but reinstated after everything was cleared up. So, again I say there is more to this story on both sides. I pray that the man will pull through and that the ones who did this to him, get what is heading their way.

Guest123
2015 years 8 months ago

Honey – sue ‘em all for what happened to your husband. Get a good attorney and have them start with your previous lawyer, then move on up to Bladen County. Make sure this doesn’t happen again. Good luck and my prayers are with you, your husband and family.

thetruthspeaks
2015 years 8 months ago

Look people he went to court, this is a crooked small town politics and police that have messed up severely. The magistrate and his lawyer had paperwork proving his innocence on the fta he was arrested for. There is no taking up for these sorry excuses for police that dragged him out of his car and took him to jail, wrongfully. He was beaten and could have died, and you people are blaming him for going to court on a traffic infringement. They can find a fta but not a bank robber. O and the “gaurds”” were outside talking to town cops smoking cigarettes.

Mike D
2015 years 8 months ago

and immediatly after hearing from her I myself checked to see if his case had indeed been continued,”IT HAD” until march. Josh should not have been arrested, if the public database had that information so quickly you would think that bladen county would come on up to the 21st century with the rest of the world so they could access their computers or place pertinant information on them so someone would not have to endure the ignorance of the people they hire in this county to be law enforcement officers, The courts by the way are also a joke in bladen county, someone said it earlier its who you know, And I will add this how much money they can get out of you by whatever means necessary legal or not. I don’t say this blindly as I myself was personally extorted by the Honorable Nancy Phillips out of over $15,000.00 and yes I have the evidence to substanciate this.
The final word in the matter is this Bladen County legal system is corrupt.

thetruthspeaks
2015 years 8 months ago

Look people he went to court, this is a crooked small town politics and police that have messed up severely. The magistrate and his lawyer had paperwork proving his innocence on the fta he was arrested for. There is no taking up for these sorry excuses for police that dragged him out of his car and took him to jail, wrongfully. He was beaten and could have died, and you people are blaming hin for going to court on a traffic infringement. They can find a fta but not a bank robber. O and the “gaurds”” were outside talking to town cops smoking cigarettes.