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Scioto County Man Charged With Beating Grandmother

Reported by: Send eMail Dave Benton
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 4, 2013 10:45 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 4, 2013 5:36 PM EST

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West Portsmouth , Scioto County , Ohio

Both police and family members of Josh Horton say the crime he committed against his grandmother was fueled by drugs.

Horton is accused of assaulting and pouring kerosene on his grandmother after a fight over cigarettes. Horton's father, Brett said, "When he's not on something he's a helping hand, respectful but when people get on this stuff it's bad."

People who live in the West Portsmouth neighborhood say drugs are a huge problem. Tim Reutinger said, "It's drugs incorporated, that's the major problem around here."

Police say Josh Horton has a criminal past, in particular one other felonious assault along with a pending drug charge out of Lawrence County, Ohio.

Scioto Detective Denver Triggs says, "Any crime like this is heinous, I myself have a pet peeve with older folks and children. I hate crimes against that. It's so senseless and wrong.




A Scioto County man is facing assault charges after deputies said he beat his grandmother.

Joshua Brian Horton, 29, of West Portsmouth was charged with felonious assault on Tuesday.

The Scioto County Sheriff's Department said it responded to a home in West Portsmouth on Sunday after an elderly lady said she had been attacked by her grandson. The woman told dispatchers she was bleeding and covered in kerosene. She was taken to the hospital by family members.

Detectives said he was living with the grandmother and the two had an argument over cigarettes. Deputies found the grandson on Monday.

Horton was being held in the Scioto County Jail, and bond is set at $100,000. More charges against Horton will be presented to a Scioto County grand jury.



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