ETX woman hides in woods to escape accused wife-beater

Josh Holden. Photo Source: Van Zandt County Jail.
Josh Holden. Photo Source: Van Zandt County Jail.
By Samantha Jordan - bio | email

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas woman barely escaped with her life after Van Zandt County Officials said she suffered through years of torture from her husband.

Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Kristin Holt says Lisa Holden hid in the woods for two days with her two small children before she was picked up and taken to the Van Police Department.

"On March 22 our office received a call of a woman who was picked up off of County Road 4512 who had two small children and appeared to  have been assaulted," said Holt.

Holt said 29-year-old Josh Holden abused and tortured his wife for seven years and kept her locked in this house, until she finally escaped.

"She fled into the woods with her two small children for her safety. She felt that when he returned home from taking their seven-year-old to school he was going to kill her," said Holt.

Holt said just before Lisa escaped, Holden had beaten her with a bat and jumper cables because Holden's car wouldn't start.

"She had lacerations to her head and her scalp and she had several sores all over her body and her legs were swollen," said Holt.

Authorities said Lisa is currently in the hospital. She is recovering from two broken legs, head injuries and years of abuse.

"You know physically she's getting better. All in all she's a courageous woman who got out when she could," said Holt.

Holden was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and bodily injury.

Authorities say the couple has three children who are two, three, and seven-years-old. They are now staying with a foster family.

Holden posted bond on Monday.

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