A Newton County woman is hospitalized and her husband is incarcerated after allegedly beating his wife and then holding the couple’s two small children hostage early Tuesday.

Sheriff Ken Copeland said deputies responded to 13751 Goldfinch Road about 1 a.m. in reference to a domestic assault.

“We were contacted by the female of the residence who called from a Joplin hospital and reported she had been assaulted severely by her husband, that he had torn up the house and threatened to kill her.”

Copeland said the woman reported her husband had fired a shotgun and then barricaded himself in the house, and he had their two small children.

When deputies arrived, Copeland said they found the windows knocked out of her car, with an unloaded shotgun on the hood of the car. He said a fire was burning in the front yard, as the man had apparently taken her clothes and other personal items from the house and set them ablaze.

“He had barricaded himself in the basement,” Copeland said. “He covered the windows and placed items in front of the door. We were still able to make entry and he was arrested without incident.”

He said deputies found several loaded firearms, and the children were recovered unharmed.
Copeland said Blake L. Henson, 32, is charged with first-degree domestic assault, first-degree sodomy, and armed criminal action. He is jailed on $150,000 bond.