Woman accused of abusing deaf, developmentally disabled daughter

Christa L. Johnson (Source: LMDC)
Christa L. Johnson (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville woman is facing charges for beating her deaf, mentally-challenged adult daughter and locking her out of her home, according to an arrest warrant.

Louisville Metro Police said Christa L. Johnson, 41, became angry with her daughter on or around July 15, argued with her and hit her numerous times with her hands and various objects including a stepladder and a long, wooden back scratcher. The victim told police Johnson slammed her against a wall and shoved her to the ground. She also told officers that her mother has abused her for at least six years.

Police responded after Adult Protective Services received reports that the victim was seen locked outside her home on Terrier Lane for several days. APS took photos of the victim's injuries and forwarded them to police. Officers said the photos show bruising on the victim's buttocks, arms, back, legs and right foot.

The victim is a vulnerable adult who is completely deaf and developmentally disabled. She relies on others for her daily needs and help with her finances. She is unable to use a deaf relay system to call for help on her own.

Police said Johnson keeps her daughter isolated from the outside world.

Johnson is charged with one count of knowing abuse/neglect of an adult, a felony.

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