Joshua Ironshell Arrested For Beating a Small Child

Joshua Ironshell

28-Year-Old Joshua Ironshell of Lincoln, Nebraska, the owner of Crave Ink, a tattoo shop in Lincoln, has been arrested and charged with allegedly beating his girlfriend’s two-year-old boy Darrek to the point where he fractured the boy’s back and put him into seizures.

According to the arrest affidavit Joshua was in the shower with the two-year-old when he started beating the boy so hard that both slipped and fell. He held the little boy up by one arm while he hit the child’s back, legs and buttocks. The mother found Ironshell and her son in the bathroom and there was blood on the floor where the child had bitten Ironshell’s hand. He ended up having to perform CPR on Darrek to revive the boy. Ironshell and the incubator noticed the severe bruising on the boy’s back and groin but fearing that they would be arrested they waited to seek medical attention until he started having seizures a few days later.

The boy ended up being flown to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha because he was not responsive and was having problems breathing, where he was treated for spinal fractures, subdural hematoma (bleeding on the brain) and various bruises and abrasions.

Ironshell has admitted to police that he severely “spanked” the toddler resulting in his hospitalization.

Joshua Ironshell was arrested for Assault and Felony Child Abuse and was lodged in the Lancaster County Jail on $50,000 bond. He has a previous record for assault and drug charges. 19-year-old woman, Katrina Darasouk, the mother, was charged with child abuse

Darrek has been released from the hospital (the incident occurred in September) and although he is having vision problems and a tough time keeping his balance he is improving and is in foster care.


Updated 11/17/22 – Joshua B. Ironshell ended up being convicted of 5 to 10 and serving just under four years for Felony Child Abuse and a misdemeanor prior conviction. He was released on April 30th 2014. Darasouk pleaded no contest to the child abuse charge and received intensive probation.

5 throughts on "Joshua Ironshell Arrested For Beating a Small Child"

  1. My god he had drug issues from his previous resident in mission, sd. who knows if he did that sick sad stuff there. and WTF! what was the dude in the shower with the kid for in the first place my god!! Poor child prayers for you little guy.

  2. My god he had drug issues from his previous resident in mission, sd. who knows if he did that sick sad stuff there. and WTF! what was the dude in the shower with the kid for in the first place my god!! Poor child prayers for you little guy.

  3. my God Josh… what the fuck is wrong with you! He’s a baby for godsake! I wish I didn’t know you!

  4. When I first heard about this, I thought….OH MY GOD, almost everybody would brag this guy up, about his personality, his artwork and who he’s been with, or what he’s done….he’s the SHIT!! All I hear is talk about Joshua Iron Shell, NONE OF YOU talk or are concerned about what happened or what will become of this child!! What if this was your child?? Well guess what….NONE of you know this guy!! YOU thought you did…and for this WOMAN that he’s with, for her to NOT inform the proper authorities, when this happened or maybe it’s happened before…I hope she rots in hell!! I don’t know either one of them, but when it comes to abusing a child, whether it’s GOD, the authorities or the inmates, you will get what’s coming to you!! (When the INMATES find out about what he has done to this child, it won’t be enough, this baby still has his whole life ahead of him…BUT, the baby will never be the same.) Nobody wants to say anything about the fact that he’s probably done this before!! I’ll bet you anything that he has, ask the mother(s) of his 2 children….I’m sure they’ll both deny that he has done this before for fear they’ll be judged in the same manner, but there’s a reason why he’s no longer with them!! Or maybe he was on drugs when this incident happened, wasn’t he arrested before on drug charges?? He looks like a CRACKHEAD!! You can’t just all of sudden lose it on a child for no reason, this had to be going on for awhile, it just finally caught up with him!! Thankfully, he didn’t kill the child, but that still doesn’t take away what he has done. Either way, they both need to be charged, and for anyone to stick up for either one of these MONSTERS…should be charged, too! THIS IS NOT ABOUT JOSHUA OR THE NEGLECTING MOTHER, IT’S ABOUT THE 2 YR. OLD BABY!!!! PUT THE BABY FIRST WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THIS INCIDENT!!!

  5. This little boy is my best friend’s nephew. His father has been trying for months to keep in contact with Katrina, who has ignored his attempts to contact. Katrina left Darrek in the care of her minor sister for the entire summer while she was off running around with Joshua, whom she met online. Thankfully, Darrek is doing better now and seems happy during the time he spends with his biological father and family. Even Katrina’s parents are concerned for darrek’s welfare and are hoping that her parental rights are removed. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that he will be returned to his father so that he can be properly cared for and won’t have to worry about being beaten to death. Katrina is irresponsible and ignorant and she never have put her own needs over the needs of her son. Darrek is a sweet, happy little boy when he is with his daddy. I worry about him constantly and hope that all turns out okay. Love you Darrek!

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