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He wanted a friend. But Kentucky woman used cord, hot spoon, knife on autistic man, police say

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A 21-year-old Louisville woman is accused of assaulting an autistic man by striking him with a cord, shooting him with an airsoft weapon, burning him with a hot spoon and cutting his hand with a knife, according to police.

The 20-year-old victim told police he allowed Taylor Gonsman and her girlfriend to stay over at his home after he befriended them at a gas station over the weekend, according to court records. The alleged abuse occurred at the autistic man’s Louisville residence when Gonsman “forced him to let her commit these against against him,” Gonsman’s arrest citation states.

The victim had 4- to 6-inch welts on his front and back torso, which came from Gonsman allegedly striking him with a stereo cord, according to her arrest citation. He also had welts on his torso, which he said came from “playing” with airsoft guns with the suspect, police wrote in the arrest citation.

A burn mark was observed on the victim’s right clavicle area and the man said it occurred when Gonsman placed a hot spoon to his skin, police said.

He also had a 2-inch knife wound on his palm, which allegedly occurred when the suspect “cut him with a knife and had him squeeze his blood into an empty medicine container,” Gonsman’s arrest citation states.

The victim told police the suspect was “very controlling,” according to her arrest citation. Gonsman’s actions “caused serious physical injuries to the victim,” police said.

Gonsman was found by police Saturday babysitting at a nearby residence, and she admitted to injuring the man, police said. She was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.

She was held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $50,000 bond.

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