2013-03-21 / Front Page

Mariposa man attempts to kill his family

The car Joshua Battles was driving is shown where it came to rest after he intentionally ran it into a tree (at left) just after midnight.The car Joshua Battles was driving is shown where it came to rest after he intentionally ran it into a tree (at left) just after midnight.

A Mariposa man is accused of trying to kill his entire family by crashing the car he was driving into a tree just after midnight on March 22.

Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies said 36-year-old Joshua Battles is in custody this morning after he crashed the car in the Midpines area. In the car were Battles and his wife and three young children, aged 7, 4 and 18 months. 

"It appears that Battles attempted to kill the occupants by intentionally driving the vehicle off the highway and directly into a tree," Binnewies said. All of the occupants of the vehicle, including the suspect, were not seriously injured. 

The sheriff said alcohol and/or drugs appear to be a factor in the crash. The investigation remains ongoing. Investigation also revealed that Battles may have been physically assaulting his wife in the car just before the crash. 

Battles is in custody for numerous felony charges, which include attempted homicide, making terrorist threats, child abuse, spousal abuse and probation violation. His bail has been set at $500,000. Law enforcement has had over 100 contacts with Battles. He is on probation for felony domestic violence.

See the March 28 edition of the Mariposa Gazette for more information on this story.

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This man is definitely a sick

This man is definitely a sick man. Some western living people have got so many things and are in pleasure, do not know what is life
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I wonder how his mother is

I wonder how his mother is allowed to continue to work for C.P.S. As a mandated reporter she new the living conditions of those children, If the mother could not protect her child isnt up to the CPS, or better yet the grandmother of those children.. whom works for CPS>>>>

I am so blessed that my

I am so blessed that my daughter got away from him when she did. She suffered abuse from him as well, lucky he is locked up or he would be dealt with by the families of all the women he has abuse. What goes around comes around. Lets see how his new roomates treat him after they hear what he did.

Amanda is no better. Don't

Amanda is no better. Don't feel sorry for his wife she uses drugs and abuses her children right beside him. Good job CPS!! Always barking up the wrong tree! How is it that they turn a blind eye to josh battles and Amanda McCoy when they are obviously horrible people and parents. I wouldn't be surprised I Amanda grabbed the wheel herself and crashed the car into the tree!! This just makes me sick. I hope he children are out of her custody!

This man is obviously ill,

This man is obviously ill, what we should do is pray for the family and I will.

This guy is my cousin lol.

This guy is my cousin lol. what a nut, lock him up and throw away the key. He's always abused those poor kids

Over 100 "contacts" with

Over 100 "contacts" with authorities? Why is this guy still walking the streets of this quiet little town?! It is this kind of gross injustice that allows for these kinds of things to happen! He should have been in prison long ago! Hopefully the county will start taking these criminals seriously instead of allowing them to just wonder and hurt innocent lives!!!

and the "14" representing 14

and the "14" representing 14 words written by David Lane, "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." Yikes!

He should be locked up for

He should be locked up for life... He's always been a psychopath and always will be...

Maybe his wife and kids can

Maybe his wife and kids can live a normal life now. One where the wife no longer is afraid for her life and her childrens lives. This has gone on long enough with this man.

I'm sorry.. what were the

I'm sorry.. what were the wife and kids doing in the car after midnight?? Shouldn't those babies be at home in bed? I could care less what this man and his wife do in the middle of the night, but seriously, leave the kids out of it! Glad this didn't turn out worse...

See the "88" on his neck?

See the "88" on his neck? That stands for "Heil Hitler". "H" is the 8th letter of the alphabet. Throw away the keys!

Got a lot going for him. I

Got a lot going for him. I always look for people with neck tattoos for opportunities. What a loser. Hopefully mucho jailo, and adios to his kids from now on.

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