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Forsyth County man arrested after alleged assault on wheelchair-bound wife
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Joseph Mark Espenship

A Forsyth County man that allegedly attacked his wheelchair-bound wife, sending her to the hospital on Sunday evening, has been arrested and charged, local authorities say.

Joseph Mark Espenship, 61, was arrested by Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies at about 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 14 after dispatchers received a 911 call stating that a 66-year-old woman had been attacked by her husband and badly hurt, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater.

Rainwater said that once on scene at Espenship’s residence on Walnut Mill Landing in north Forsyth County, first responders found a wheelchair-bound woman with serious injuries to her face.

The woman told investigators that as she lay in bed, Espenship, her husband, allegedly began punching her in the face with a closed fist, breaking her nose, Rainwater said.

Rainwater said that investigators believe that the incident was unprovoked, and due to the woman’s condition, she could not defend herself from the alleged attack.

Investigators also believe that Espenship was “excessively” intoxicated during the incident, Rainwater said.

The woman was transported from the scene to a local hospital where her condition is unknown.

Espenship has been charged with two felonies -- aggravated battery and cruelty to a person 65 years or older.

Espenship has been booked into the Forsyth County Jail and is currently being held under no bond.