Disturbing video shows caregivers pushing over a disabled woman and holding her face down on the floor as four employees at a group care home are charged with abuse
- CCTV footage shows disabled woman being shoved and punched by caregivers
- Four women were charged with aggravated abuse of a disabled adult in Florida
- In one clip Breneisha Blunt, 29, is seen repeatedly hitting woman who is on floor
- Police said they found victim with bruising, a cut on her face and a skinned knee
Shocking video has revealed violent caregivers pushing, shoving and holding down a disabled woman.
CCTV footage from two cameras show the women abusing one of the clients at a Mount Dora, Florida, group care home on Tuesday August 13.
All four women seen in the clips were charged with aggravated abuse of a disabled adult and later handed themselves in to police.
They were identified as Sheneka Hester, 42, Breneisha Blunt, 29, and Jaleyah Wiggins, 24, all of Eustis, and Carolyn Joe, 25, of Tavares.
Four female careworkers have been charged with aggravated abuse of a disabled adult in Mount Dora, Florida. Pictured is one of the women pushing the disabled women to the floor
In the first clip the woman, who lives at the home because of ‘diminished mental capacity and inability to care for herself’, is seen on her knees.
She is holding onto a caregiver’s waist but after a few seconds is pushed to the floor.
The woman manages to stand up and tries to follow the caregiver, thought to be Carolyn Joe, but is violently shoved backwards and falls onto a couch.
Around ten other people can be seen in the shared space at the group home, but nobody tries to help the woman or intervene.
The careworker, thought to be Carolyn Joe, wearing a black top and light pants, shoves the disabled client, wearing shorts and a grey top, backwards causing her to fall onto the bench
Another CCTV clips shows caregiver Breneisha Blunt, wearing a white top and black pants, holding the disabled woman face down on the floor by her hair
In a second clip the woman is seen on the floor of another room while two caregivers stand around her.
One of the women, thought to be Breneisha Blunt, reaches down to the woman and is seen hitting her.
The disabled woman briefly goes out of view of the camera which is pointed at a doorway, but when she is seen again Blunt is holding onto her hair.
The woman, who is face down on the floor, tries to hit Blunt’s legs but is only held down for longer.
Police documents mention this disturbing moment, and said: ‘Breneisha is wearing dark pants and a white shirt in the video.
Blunt keeps her hands on the disabled woman as another caregiver stands by and watches
‘Blunt hits the woman with a closed fist several times, this technique is not authorised.’
Officers said they found the disabled woman with bruising on her face, including a laceration, and a skinned knee.
In court documents Carolyn Joe, who was wearing light colored pants at the time, was said to have also put her foot on the woman’s head.
It said: ‘Carolyn Joe is very heavy set and could have easily caused great bodily harm or even death.’
Melanie Etters, spokeswoman for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, said all four and the witnesses who failed to intervene are no longer working in the home.