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

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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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