LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man has been arrested and charged with abandoning a minor after police say an autistic child wandered off and was beaten.

According to an arrest report, the incident took place on Sunday, March 30, just after 10:30 p.m., on Wilberforce Court, near the intersection of S. 12th St. and W. Jefferson St.

Police say officers were called to a home near that location after a neighbor said she saw an autistic child being beaten. That neighbor brought the child into her home on Fisk Court.

When police met with that neighbor, she gave them the phone number of the child's uncle, 32-year-old Trichard Linton. Police say they called him several times, but were unable to reach him.

The child was able to take the officers to Linton's home on Wilberforce Court. Police say the door was unlocked and one was inside. Police say a shotgun was clearly visible next to the couch.

Linton was eventually arrested and charged with abandonment of a minor.

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