Marathon – A Marathon man was arrested Tuesday, charged with hitting, and abusing his disabled adult daughter.
On May 19th, Sgt. Suzanne Morgan and Deputy Jon Barry Huff responded to the American Legion in Marathon where they spoke to the bartender. She told him she was concerned that 62 year old John Black was not caring properly for his adult daughter, who is disabled. She said most days, Black shows up with his 31 year old daughter at 9 a.m. and they stay until 11 p.m. She said the daughter wears disposable diapers and Black never brings extra, or changes them. She said he sits her down in another room, and then sits at the bar and drinks.
She told the officers the daughter appears to always be very hungry, is dirty, smells and is unkempt in general. She said on the 19th, Black made himself a sandwich. When he set it down and walked away for a minute, she started eating the sandwich. When he returned, he began yelling at her; he struck her in the head twice. After the bartender told him he needed to care for his daughter, he yelled at her, then grabbed his daughter by the arm, slapped her again in the back of the head and took her outside.
When the officers went to Black’s home on 37th Street, he walked outside. They went inside to check on the daughter, and she had abrasions all over her chin and both knees. She appeared to be very underweight, could not speak, and did not appear to have bathed for a long time. She was taken to Fishermen’s Hospital, after which she was turned over to the Department of Children and Families.
A warrant was issued for Black’s arrest. On Tuesday, he was picked up and charged with battery and abuse of a disabled adult. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.