'Vile' Video Abuse Of Dementia Patient Livestreamed By Florida Health Care Workers At Memory Care Facility: Sheriff
Two health care workers in Florida were arrested after allegedly livestreaming themselves abusing and making fun of an elderly dementia patient that was in their care, according to authorities.
According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Jada Harris, 18, and Shy’Tiona Jazziemysha Bishop, 20, were charged with video voyeurism, abuse of an elderly person and interception/disclosure of wire or oral communications in connection with at least four videos they sent out using Snapchat, Florida Today reported.
In a Facebook post from Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, he said what the two women allegedly did was “vile.”
Ivey said the local facility “had no idea this was taking place” and added that “abusing anyone is disgusting enough, but to make matters even worse, they livestreamed the abuse, they actually put it up … so that their friends could watch and laugh about it.”
In the videos, the woman can be seen trying to change the patient’s soiled clothing. The women are laughing while the patient screams “No!” repeatedly, according to authorities.
Tips about the videos, which were recorded at the Market Street Memory Care Facility in Melbourne, were received by investigators, officials said.
According to Florida Today, one of the videos shows the patient calling out, “Help me,” as Bishop says, “Ain’t no help.”
The alleged victim has been a patient at the facility since August 2022, investigators said. She has been diagnosed with dementia, but court records show she did not have any behavioral issues.
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The day after the videos were recorded, officials say the patient was seen pacing back and forth and yelling. Employees said this is a sign she had been in distress.
Harris and Bishop have been fired, officials said.
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