Hate crime? 19-year-old caretaker arrested for physically abusing 88-year-old man

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TAMPA, FL– A 19-year-old has been arrested for allegedly abusing an 88-year-old man in his care and there is raw video footage to prove it.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Jonah Delgado was the on-duty caretaker for the 88-year-old male victim who required full-time care for basic needs. Fox 13 reported that investigators said a home surveillance video showed Delgado physically and verbally abusing the victim.

In the video, Delgado is seen slapping the elderly man in the face multiple times and yelling at him saying degrading things. He is heard saying:

“F*cking idiot, like really how stupid are you.”

And then he yells:

“GET UP!”

Investigators said the video also shows Delgado pushing the victim into the bed and punching him in the stomach three times. According to authorities, with the help of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Delgado was arrested on August 5th around midnight. Sheriff Char Chronister said in a statement:

“The actions of this man are deplorable, unacceptable, and disturbing. Delgado was trusted to take care of this man and to protect him. He not only broke this trust, but put this man in direct danger with his actions.”

He added:

“I am very proud of our detectives who worked quickly to get this man in custody before he could hurt anyone else.”

According to ABC action news, the elderly man’s son hired Delgado to provide the at-home care services. The elderly man used to live in an assisted living facility, but his son brought him home in March amid coronavirus concerns. This abuse raises questions for other families who look to caretakers to help their loved ones.

Sheriff Chronister said:

“You can see this 19-year-old who we have arrested, forcefully place the father in a wheelchair and then several times begin slapping the 88-year-old who is unable to defend himself in any way, shape, or form.”

Delgado has been charged with abuse of an elderly or disabled adult and battery.

Back in May, an elderly white man in a nursing home in Detroit, Michigan was viciously beaten by 20-year-old Jaden T. Hayden, who recorded the whole incident on video. In the footage, Hayden is seen repeatedly punching the elderly man, identified as Norman Bledsoe.

Norman is a U.S military veteran and was not the only victim Hayden, who allegedly recorded himself beating a woman also living in the nursing home. Hayden was charged with two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, theft, and two counts of credit card theft.

In February, in Warren, Michigan, a nursing home worker was charged with abusing a 91-year-old woman. Surveillance video from the nursing home shows that the worker man-handled the elderly woman several times.

The suspect, identified as Ronald Fletcher, 64, was also recorded holding the elderly woman by the back of her neck, forcing her face down repeatedly. Fletcher was arrested and charged with vulnerable adult abuse.

According to authorities, he is a licensed practical nurse and had only been working at the facility for three weeks before being fired. During his initial background check, nothing came up that would have suggested he would abuse patients. 

In April, in Arizona, a woman was arrested on suspicion of abusing an elderly patient. Surveillance video form the nursing facility showed the suspect, identified as Gloria Biamushinga striking the 96-year-old woman in the head three times.

She was arrested on April 17th on suspicion of abuse against a vulnerable adult. She was released on her own recognizance and had a preliminary hearing in court on May 4th.

In Tomball, Texas, a daughter who suspected foul play at her mother’s nursing home set up hidden cameras, which eventually led to the arrest of one of her mother’s caretakers. The suspect, Tracy Thompson was heard verbally abusing the 93-year-old at Grace Care Center.

The daughter, Mary West Teno showed the video to the nursing home, who immediately fired the caretake. She then showed it to police, who launched an investigation. Teno said that she decided to share the video because the believes there may be other victims. She said:

“It was so many different things that happened from her putting my mom’s feces in her mouth to her taking her left and bending it all the way up as far as she could toward her face.”

Thompson was charged with injury to the elderly.

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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about caretakers abusing elderly patients:

Written by Greg Hoyt

Winston-Salem police have arrested three women after they received multiple reports of elder abuse occurring at the Danby House Assisted Living facility.

The police reports claim that caretakers Marilyn Latish McKey, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan were encouraging elderly residents to fight each other while filming the combat.

Investigators who were working the case also reported that one of the employees physically assaulted a resident by shoving them; however, no injuries were reported and it is undetermined if the alleged assault was in connection with the “Fight Club”. All three women were involved in in-patient care roles for the Danby House at the time of the incident.

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The three caretakers stand accused of elder abuse. (Winston-Salem Police Department)

 

According to court documents, McKey, Tyson, and Jordan were accused of watching, filming and even encouraging a fight between a 70-year-old woman and a 73-year-old woman who were both residents at the Danby House assisted living and memory-care facility in Winston-Salem.

A statement released by Danby House Assisted Living Facilty after the reports emerged were the following:

“Danby House has a zero-tolerance policy for the mistreatment of those in our care and as such, McKey, Tyson, and Jordan were terminated immediately in June when community management was alerted to this situation. Administrators have been working closely with the Winston-Salem Police Department throughout its investigation to ensure justice is served.  Additional staff training and a more rigorous vetting process has been implemented for all new and existing employees at Danby House has been implemented to ensure the high standard of resident care that this community is known for continues.”

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Hate crime? 19-year-old caretaker arrested for physically abusing 88-year-old man

 

McKey, Tyson and Jordan were each charged with assaulting disabled persons, according to the reports. Considering the charges, the possible resulting convictions could lead to either “Class F” felony or “Class H” felony convictions. The former carrying 10-41 months in prison and the latter carrying a prison sentence of 4-25 months. It is also unclear if the prosecution will consider multiple counts as the case unfolds more.

Winston-Salem police announced their arrests Friday, October 11 following an investigation into the June complaint of elderly abuse at the facility.

Lt. Gregory Dorn of the Winston-Salem Police commented the following regarding the case:

“When you’re talking about someone who can’t take care of themselves, we’ve got to give specific attention to that.”

 

Documents obtained from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services state that during the filming of the fight one of the combatants can be heard yelling, “Let go, help me, help me, let go!”. All the while McKey, Tyson, and Jordan allegedly continued to watch and record the physical altercation.

It’s unclear if the Danby House immediately reported this atrocity to law enforcement based upon the statements provided by them as there was only mere mention of terminating the employees after evidence surfaced via internal inquiries and investigation within the facility. If that is the case, then they may very well open themselves up to civil and criminal penalties associated with the atrocious dealings that occurred within their facility.

Written by Greg Hoyt

 

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