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11/7/2017 - Greensburg man faces Domestic Battery of a Pregnant Woman charge - Click here to print this information

On October 29th at approximately 8:40 pm, Greensburg Police Department Officers Stephen Hershberger and Bryan Katterhenry were dispatched to Decatur County Memorial Hospital for a report of battery.

The victim, who was approximately 8 months pregnant, reported that Joshua Biddinger had "shoulder checked" her in the stomach while she was attempting to walk down the stairs at a residence on W. Jordan Drive. She stated that Biddinger then pushed her out the front door of the home, consistent with a statement given by a witness. At that point, both officers agreed that they had sufficient information to detain Biddinger based on the allegations and witness statement. Officer Hershberger remained with the victim.

Officer Katterhenry, with assistance from other officers, went to Biddinger's residence, where he was placed in wrist restraints and advised of his rights. According to Officer Katterhenry, Biddinger stated that the victim had caused a disturbance and stated he did not hit the victim and was only attempting to walk beside her. Biddinger demonstrated by making a motion leading with his shoulder that would be consistent with the victim's description of "shoulder checking." Officer Moore and Sergeant Albert entered the home to get shoes for Biddinger and reported an odor of burnt marijuana in the home. Biddinger admitted to having a pipe and marijuana and took the officers to an upstairs bedroom where they located a blue glass pipe with half-burnt marijuana, a silver grinder containing raw marijuana, a transparent glass "bong style" smoking device, and a plastic baggie containing approximately 5 grams of raw marijuana buds. Biddinger was then transported to the Decatur County Jail.

Joshua Biddinger, 30 of Greensburg, faces allegations of:
-Domestic Battery of a Pregnant Woman, a level 5 felony
-Possession of Marijuana, a class A misdemeanor
-Possession of Paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.

He was charged in Decatur County Superior Court on October 30th.

Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Tom Flemming-WTRE News

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