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May 15, 2014

Woman charged with abuse of mentally challenged adult

Somerset — A Pulaski County woman was arrested last week after she allegedly abused a mentally challenged adult living in her home.

Rhonda Brown, 40, of Rattlesnake Road, Somerset, was arrested Tuesday, May 6 and charged with one count of first-degree criminal abuse, according to an arrest citation filed by Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Detective Scott Trotter.

According to the arrest citation, the alleged incident occurred on April 31.

Trotter writes in the citation that he received a complaint that “a mentally ill woman was being abused” at a home on Rattlesnake Road, located off Cherry Grove Road, which is a couple miles east of Somerset off Ky. 192.

Investigators interviewed the alleged victim, who told them that Brown “ ... slapped her in the face and caused her black eye.

“She said it was because she wasn’t brushing her teeth right,” the citation continues.

Trotter says in the citation that he spoke to Brown about the alleged incident.

“ ... she said that she did slap (the victim) because she wasn’t brushing her teeth right and was fussing at her kid.”

The victim apparently resides with Brown and her family, who serve as caretakers to her.

“(The victim) is a low-functioning adult who cannot make informed decisions for herself,” Trotter states in the citation.

Brown was released on Wednesday, May 7 after she posted a $15,000 bond. As per her release conditions, she is required to have no contact with the alleged victim and is not to be in the presence of developmentally disabled people unsupervised.

Trotter, when reached by phone on Thursday, declined to comment on the case, stating that it’s an ongoing investigation.

Brown is slated to appear in court on Wednesday, May 28.

Heather Tomlinson is a staff writer at the Commonwealth Journal. You can contact her at

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