The Jefferson Police Department told the Athens Banner-Herald the three women made the June 13 Snapchat video inside the Bentley Senior Living center in Jefferson, Georgia. The employees were in the hospice care room of a 76-year-old resident and were waiting on a hospice nurse. The employees were seen smoking a vape pen and yelling curse words at the camera as the septuagenarian woman laid dying from a recent stroke in the background. The Snapchat video they posted online was labeled “The End.”
Jefferson Police charged Jorden Lanah Bruce, 21, of Jefferson; Mya Janai Moss, 21, of Colbert; and Lizeth Jocelyn Cervantes Ramirez, 19, for exploiting an elderly and disabled person. A police spokesman told WSB-TV the elderly resident seen in the video “had a stroke and [the three employees] were waiting on a hospice nurse.” Bruce, Moss and Ramirez were supposed to be monitoring and caring for the critically ill woman but instead, “one of them was smoking a vape pen, they were using profanities and making obscene hand gestures at the camera,” police alleged.
“It was going to be an extensive time before the hospice nurse could be there, so these three employees were supposed to closely monitor the patient,” a Jefferson police spokesman told the Banner-Herald. “They were completely ignoring her and posting the Snapchat video” with the caption “The End.”
Days after the June 13 video recording was made, another employee at the senior living facility discovered and reported the lewd Snap story. All three women were arrested on June 22 and were employed at the facility at the time of their arrest. Administrators did not immediately return Newsweek’s calls for comment on the incident Monday.
The pair of 21-year-old employees, Bruce and Moss, were released from custody after posting bond. But 19-year-old Ramirez is still being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, the Banner-Herald reported. The Georgia Department of Behavior Health and Developmental Disabilities offers a service for family members or people concerned to report potential abuse of at-risk elderly patients.
Georgia’s legal code defines separates elderly exploitation into both felony and misdemeanor crimes. The charge is defined as anyone “who knowingly and willfully exploits a disabled adult, elder person, or resident, willfully inflicts physical pain, physical injury, sexual abuse, mental anguish, or unreasonable confinement upon a disabled adult, elder person, or resident, or willfully deprives of essential services a disabled adult, elder person, or resident.”
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