A Florida man is facing a battery charge after authorities say he punched his girlfriend, who has no arms and no legs, because he was "tired of taking care of her."
Patrick Moan, 37, of Vero Beach, was arrested Sunday after his live-in girlfriend of two years accused him of punching her in the ear during an argument, according to an Indian River County Sheriff's Office arrest report.
According to the report, Moan said he hit her "because he was tired of taking care of her and her yelling at him." Moan took his girlfriend to Walmart, where he told a patron to call police, the report said.
"[The victim] is unable to call law enforcement due to not having the ability to call 911 due to having no arms or legs," the report noted.
The woman said Moan beats her up about twice a month when he drinks, the report said. A deputy noted in the report that the woman's face was red.
"Moan said he is tired of taking care of her and pushing her in her wheelchair everywhere," the report said. "He said he is also tired of being her primary caregiver and felt if he punched her then confessed to it he would no longer have to take care of her, and she would become the state's problem."
Moan's girlfriend was hospitalized to have her ear checked out because it was ringing, the report said. Moan was booked into jail, where he remained held on $1,000 bond Tuesday, records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.