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


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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judgmental beast

For cry me a river, Take this into consideration Say for instance your husband , or father , son ECT... is comeing home from work and recieves a speeding violation, if he was speeding or not, guilty or innocent at this point , it is beside the point. Anyway he goes to court the lawyer says everythings taken care of go on home have a great week, and so on. A few days later he goes to the store and the cops pull in behind him and arrest him for failure to appear , claiming he did not go to court. He says "oh yes I did ,this matter has been takeing care of." The cop says according to this warrent you didnt, turn around. They handcuff him. Take him to jail. He trys to contact his lawyer, and for some reason can not. Maybe he leaves him a couple of messages. He deciedes to try to sleep to maybe pass the time till his lawyer comes and bails him out. Its not easy getting out of jail on a charge of failure to appear. He goes to sleep. With in two hours, you get a call, not from the jail house, but from a random friend telling you your husband has a serious head injury, with bleeding on his brain. All over a minor traffic violation. Cry me a river, you are apparantly an ignorant,, pompous , heartless, person. I can tell by your statements that you think you are above and better than most of the population, and that you obviously do not believe in innocent until proven guilty. This kind of thing could happen to anyone. Believe it or not by mistake , of course, It could happen to you, even though you are perfect. It could be a mix up in names or something. I could be mad at you go to the magistrates office and tell him you stole something from me or hit me, or you keep calling my phone makeing threats, or a hundred other things. Even though I would be was lieing , the police would come get you and lock you up until you were bailed out. It would be your job to prove your innocence and you could be beaten to a bloody pulp in the time between arriving and leaving, though you would be totally innocent. Are you picking up what Im putting down here. OH yeah, and by not using your name, you and everyone else on here that does not, looks to me to be cowards that voice what ever trash they want to spit at people yet are ashamed to back it up with there identity. Like they are ahamed, but in this case I dont blame you at all, because I too would be very ashamed if I wrote that stupid trash you wrote.

beside the point despite, your ignorance

First of all, you obviously have a problem with the person of interest in this matter, thus provoking your uneducated opinion.You see, I'm simply calling this how I see it and am not benifiting from my personal opinion in any way. May I remind you also that although having been in the "slammer" more times myself than I can count, I am actually aware of what does go on unlike yourself, I can tell by the way you speak as if it is just impossible for any similar situation to be presented to yourself. I can however, assure you that your assumpsions could not be farther from reality. You can go to jail for virtually no fault of your own. It would just be silly for me to get into the ridiculous amount of scenarios that could make this a reality but I promise, you can bank that. Although like I said, I have been locked away in jail, for the most part, by actions taken by myself in moments and phases of sheer stupidity. Im obviously from the south and regardless of my roots, I do believe that any conflict that just has to be settled with hands and such should be done so between two individuals but due to the sheer bordom in most cases, a bunch of punks jump on individuals, in groups of course, minimizing the chances of any injuries being brought on to them. Losing a fight is one thing but being beat into icu by a gang of thugs is another and that is regardless of if this guy was as guilty as sin of the most hideous crime. Like I said and we both know, your opinions are just uneducated ones and we all sound much smarter when we talk about things that we know. Perhaps next time you open your fingers in hopes of expressing yourself, you will do atleast enough homework to make yourself capable of looking like and pretending to know what you are talking about. Really, all you had to say was that you hate this guy. I bet you live through people like me because youve lost the ability to be interesting yourself....kb p.s Ive been on both sides of this fence #thehorsesmouth#

went to court

listen to the facts. He went to court, left court and was arrested THE SAME DAY. For a traffic violation, not murder, not drugs, not stealing, HE is one of the good ones that. Was beaten, the same day, Does not have a smart mouth to get him into crap like that, if he was that way, someone may have had the right to kick his a--, but as you can clearly see the man was nearly killed, had his teeth kicked out, broken ribs, bleeding on his brain, broken nose...he was one that DIDNT deserve that and witnesses heard the jailers say when they saw or heard what was going on that they werent getting into that. The man has NO marks on his hands, had no chance to defend himself and had 3 or 4 on him at one time. How would you feel if it were your son, brother.....

Wow that is a nice high horse you have there.

First of all with the police state we live in now there are many reasons that good people find themselves in the court system. Next, if your case is continued you do have to come back, but often it is months down the road, so I would not presume to assume that he was not in the right. Third, government is by nature inefficient, otherwise they would have enslaved us all by now (to quote Milton Friedman).

I hope you never end up in the court system there Windy, but if you do I do not think you will find it as cut and dry as you presume it is from you high horse right now.

You are an idiot.

You are an idiot.

beat to near death in jail

For a traffic infraction? This man is fighting for his life? Where were the guards in the jail, on lunch break? there would have to be plenty of noise going on while the animal inmates were trying to kill this man. The jail should be held accountable, they are supposed to monitor and try to keep people safe. Put in jail and 2 hrs later near death. Something serious needs to be done with the wild pack of wolves who could do this to another person.
This is terrible.
My prayers are sure with this poor man and his family. I hope he recovers and I hope the charges are upped for the blood thirsty animals that did this.
IF this poor man dies they should be charged for first degree murder since they planned it out by thinking of coverng the camera etc. They planned what they did. it certainly wasn't an accident.


A set of circumstaces must have set up the "perfect storm". Maybe he shouldnt have been in jail. But what really led to the beating? Only 2 things pop to mind.. 1) He knew somebody in there already.. 2) Talking smack to the wrong one.. Just thinkin.. Still wrong on all levels however.. We dont know the whole story..Just speculation at this point

Joshua Ward beating

I have known Joshua all of his life. He has always been quiet, not smart mouthed, an easy going guy. Not a troublemaker. In my opinion, whoever "dropped the ball" on this one is responsible for him being in there to begin with. He is one of the "innocent until proven guilty" citizens that are supposed to be protected while in custody by our public servants. The jailers shouldve been doing their job instead of out smoking in the first place. Someone shouldve been in there the whole time, and if a sheet was placed over the surveillance camera in his cell, somebody shouldve noticed and went to investigate, he may have sustained fewer injuries and saved him and his family a lot of suffering. If the jailers were afraid to go in, it looks like a tazer would reach thru the bars, pepper spray or something.

As some people are innocent,

As some people are innocent, if they are going to put you in, they should be able to keep you safe.
I would think the minute the sheet went up there should have been help there. In seconds.
This could happen to anyone's child
Our tax dollars will pay for the lawsuit


Yes, of course Ward should have been safe. This incident is no more special than any other mishap in bladen county. No, our tax dollars shouldn't pay for this . WARD IS NOT A SAINT IN THIS COUNTY.

are you a Saint?

No our Tax dollars shouldnt have to pay.., but this is how things get changed. A bunch of pissed off tax payers raising he)) about there tax dollars paying for things like this. Its how and why people get fired and more cameras get installed . Changes for the better. Who said Josh was a saint? Are you a Saint.? I know Im not, but no matter what I get locked up for I should not be allowed to be beaten nearly to death. Josh could have easily continued to have swelling of his brain and died or been a veg. for the rest of his life. A man being beaten nearly to death is to me a very serious thing and not a, mishap [ˈmɪshæp]

1. an unfortunate accident As you see mishap is an unfortunate accident. There is nothing accidental in three men beaten a man and for what ever reason a team of jailers not stopping them. Yeah, Im afraid the tax payers are gonna pay, Im sure he is going to sue, and I think he should get a barrel load of money for it, and maby it will not happen to anyone else. It shouldnt have happened to him to start with. If you have a problem, it should be with the people that did this to him and the ones that allowed it. I think you have a personal problem with him. you may or may not but it just seems that way to me. ??????


How did he get booked into the jail without a warrant? Had to be a warrant out there before he was taken behind the door.Some times lawyers tell their client that they will continue the case for them and forget to. Then a called and failed is issued and the client is arrested for failure to appear. Looks like that's what happened.

He made his appearance in

He made his appearance in court for a traffic violation. The attorney told him he was going to continue and that he could go home. There was a warrant issued for 'failure to appear' and he was picked up.

if the lawyer is at fault

if the lawyer is at fault then he should be jailed and license suspended, if he makes it thru the ordeal and gets his license back he will be a lot more careful next time