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Josh Waring’s wounds from his horrific jail attack are even worse than fans could have imagined.
As RadarOnline.com exclusively reported, the 30-year-old son of former Real Housewives of Orange County star Lauri Peterson was viciously assaulted by a fellow inmate in an Orange County, California jail on October 9.
Waring told Radar he received 20 staples in his chest, and multiple stitches on his face.
Now, Waring and Peterson have exclusively provided Radar with disturbing photos of the serious injuries.
“It kills me to see this!” Peterson told Radar in an exclusive interview, insisting the jail’s staff should have protected her son from the attack.
“The guards have a duty to serve and protect…A dead man can’t talk! A dead man can’t pursue his civil action against the county!”
As Radar has extensively reported, Waring and his reality star mother insist he’s innocent of charges he shot and attempted to murder a man outside his home in June 2016.
Waring has been locked up since June 20, 2016, when he was arrested for the crime. His bail is set for more than $1 million.
He remains at the Theo Lacy Facility, a maximum-security jail in Orange, where his mother claims he has suffered multiple attacks over the years.
He will return to court on October 18 in his years-long fight for freedom.
Scroll through Radar’s gallery to view the gruesome images.
Peterson told Radar she believes her son’s being targeted behind bars because his case unearthed claims law enforcement accessed inmates’ phone calls.
Waring said an inmate jumped and assaulted him with a makeshift weapon made of a pencil and blades.
Fight For His Life
“I was fighting for my life … I was screaming,” Waring told Radar exclusively in a phone call as his voice cracked. “As he’s punching me, the blade sliced up my face and chest.”
Waring has admitted to struggling with addiction, but insisted he never tried to kill anyone.
‘I Am Innocent!’
“If I do die in here, I just want people to know I am innocent of the shooting,” Waring said.
When contacted by Radar on October 10, reps for the O.C. Sheriff’s Department and Central Jail said in a statement: “Yesterday at approximately 6pm, there was an assault that occurred at the Intake Release Center between two male inmates. Both inmates were treated by medical staff at the jail for injuries sustained during the assault. A criminal investigation against the suspect has begun, along with an internal administrative investigation.”