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Autistic woman attacked in Rabun County

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RABUN COUNTY, Ga. -

Authorities are investigating after a 22-year-old autistic woman was brutally attacked in Rabun County.

Kelly Hamilton says she was out of town when she learned about injuries to her daughter Ashley's feet and face.  

"Her mouth was busted and her tooth was knocked out," Hamilton said.

Family members say the autistic woman is developmentally on par with a 2-year-old child. They don't know who is responsible and say they remain stunned anyone could or would harm the helpless woman.

"The night I got home, there was no swelling or any bruising on her eye that had shown up. The doctors said that it would take 24 hours for bruising to develop," Kelly Hamilton said.

After family members reported the attack, doctors treated Ashley Hamilton for those bruises. She spent a birthday in the hospital.

Authorities are investigating the beating. Authorities say while Kelly Hamilton was out of town, Ashley stayed with family friends.

"We must be diligent in our efforts to find as much tangible evidence as possible since our victim in not in a position to tell us what happened to her.  It is in the interest of justice to see that no stone is left unturned," said Gerald Johnson of the Rabun County Sheriff's Office.

Family members say they hope that investigation leads to an arrest for an attack on a woman who can't fight back.

"She's a beautiful little girl who can't defend herself and she's brutally beaten up here and I just want justice for her," said Kelly Hamilton.

Rabun County authorities say that they are gathering details in the case.

RELATED LINK: Prayers and Justice for Ashley Hamilton Facebook page

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