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Man accused of beating disabled woman

May 21, 2019

A Fort Wayne man faces domestic battery charges after attacking a woman with disabilities because she brought home a kitten, according to a court document filed Monday in Allen County.

Andrew R. Clodfelter, 35, hit the woman on the face and forehead while she lay on her bed late May 13, police said. His 3- and 4-year-old children were asleep on a pullout sofa nearby, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The couple were once romantically involved, the document said, noting Clodfelter served as her caretaker after the relationship ended. The woman often uses a walker or cane, and Clodfelter would help her get around the house and drive her to stores and doctor appointments, the affidavit said.

After the beating, the woman : who had a swollen forehead : remained at home because she was afraid Clodfelter would hurt the kitten, the affidavit said. It was unclear how long she stayed home.

She received treatment at a hospital, the affidavit said.

Clodfelter was charged with domestic battery in the presence of a child younger than 16 and domestic battery with bodily injury by a caretaker against a disabled person.

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