Chattanooga man charged with beating patient in his care with belt

Tennessee News
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A 29-year-old Chattanooga man faces exploitation of an adult charges after police say he beat a patient in his care with a belt.

A police affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9 says the incident happened on Jan. 9 at a home for developmentally disabled patients at 8504 Igou Gap Road. Three patients lived in the home at the time of the incident.

The affidavit says another worker noticed several bruises and abrasions on the head and body of a patient.

Several witnesses told investigators that Tyler Lawaun Evans had become frustrated with one patient’s demands for a soda, and at sloppy living conditions.

The affidavit says one co-worker saw Evans yell at the patient, who is unable to speak due to his disability, and threaten to beat him with a brown belt.

The affidavit says no one saw Evans beat the patient with the belt, but investigators and officials at the home determined the patient was beaten while in the car of Evans.

Police arrested and charged Evans on Saturday.

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