Two certified nursing assistants at a nursing home in Winter Haven, Florida, Yashika Zenobiaha Jones, 28, and Rose Dorlean Blaise, 35, have been arrested and are facing serious charges. Police report that the two staff members were allegedly caught on video “tormenting” and battering a 76-year-old Alzheimer’s patient as reported by ABC Action News.
Earlier this month, the victim’s son, Dale Wilson, set up a hidden “nanny cam” inside the Palm Gardens Nursing Home after finding various bruises on his father’s arms and legs. What he uncovered on the video is horrifying. The video that has been released by the police shows several different incidents — three incidents over a three week period to be precise.
My Fox Philly have outlined the three incidents as stated by the police.
On Oct. 7, Jones was rubbing her hands on the victim’s face and making punching motions to agitate him. There is another nurse in the room.
On Oct. 16, Blaise appears to lunge at the victim as he gets agitated and flails his arms. In a police report, it says the woman used her legs and feet to stomp on his bare feet or kick him in the leg.
On Oct. 24, Jones again is seen making punching motions at the man. She also grabs his wrists, uses his fist to punch himself in the face, and slapped him in the face, police said.
The video below shows their actions, but beware it is graphic.
For their horrific actions, Jones faces two counts of battery on an elderly person. She denies the accusations. Blaise is charged with one count of battery on the elderly.
Both Jones and Blaise are being held without bond in the Polk County jail.
My Fox Tampa Bay reports that Jeff Bomberger, the Chief Operating Officer of Palm Healthcare Management, LLC has released a statement.
“On behalf of Palm Garden of Winter Haven, we want to inform you that on Friday, Oct 24, 2014, the management of Palm Garden of Winter Haven was advised that allegations of abuse had been made toward six employees as to the treatment of a resident. The matter is in the hands of the Winter Haven Police Department., Florida’s Department of Children and Families and the Agency for Health Care Administration. the employees who are alleged to have harmed a resident have been suspended without pay while the investigation continues.”
“Our company’s commitment is to provide unparalleled care to our residents and to ensure their safety and wellbeing every hour of every day. As a skilled nursing facility, Palm Garden of Winter Haven meets the needs of those who can no longer remain at home. We also aim to offer peace of mind to families of our residents and are ever mindful of the trust they have placed tin Palm Gardens of Winter Haven.”
“While we are in an ongoing investigation, we will not be able to discuss specific points related to the charges or about staff or residents. Going forward, we will cooperate to the letter of the law on all requests from law enforcement, while respecting the privacy rights of our residents and families.”
“Again, our overarching commitment is to provide a safe environment where residents can receive health care from skilled nurses and medical professionals in a supportive and welcoming environment. Upon the completion of this investigation and the satisfaction of all legal and law enforcement issues, we will determine and enact any necessary changes to prevent such actions from ever occurring again.”
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