Deputies were called to a home on Hardman Street in Mansfield in reference to a family fight Sunday afternoon.
When they arrived, they spoke with the resident who had called for help. She told them her oldest grandson was in the bedroom when she heard him yelling at her granddaughter (his niece). The woman walked into the bedroom to see what was going on and told deputies she saw him strike her granddaughter on the leg.
She said she stepped in between the two and told her grandson, Joshua Lamar Holcombe, to stop because the girl hadn't done anything wrong. At that point he "pushed her by the chest and onto the bed... became enraged and stated ‘I will burn this trailer down.'"
After threatening to burn the trailer, Holcombe reportedly took a lighter from his pocket and held it to the corner of an envelope, setting the paper on fire. He then threw it on the floor and stepped on it to put out the flame.
But, according to reports, Holcombe didn't stop there. He then held the lighter to an empty box of vanilla wafers. It caught fire also, and he treated it much the same as he had the envelope - throwing it down then stomping the flame out.
When she told him she was calling 911, he allegedly ran outside of the home and down the street.
He was later arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where he remains, charged with Family Violence Act battery and two counts of cruelty to children.