Another Snapchat video has gone viral, but this one may wind up sending three assisted living facility employees to jail for a lengthy period of time.
 
On June 13th, Mya Moss, Jorden Bruce, and Lizeth Ramirez who all worked for Bentley Assisted Living at Northminster in Jefferson, GA were given the responsibility of monitoring a patient who had just had a stroke [Source: 11Alive]. Apparently, a hospice nurse had already been contacted to come and tend to the patient, but in the meantime, these three employees were expected to be watching her. Instead, they decided to spend this time while they waited creating a Snapchat video.
Moss was behind the camera recording and the other two, Ramirez and Bruce, were seen in the video using a vape cigarette, mocking the patient’s condition, and laughing while still in the patient’s room. The video was also titled, “The End.” After another employee saw the video and notified the director, she then notified Jefferson Police and officers were summoned to the facility on June 14th, a day after the video was made.
After reviewing the content of the video, Jefferson Police Detective Jay Parker said, “They were obviously more interested in playing on the phone and making the video and cutting up and making a joke of the situation. My understanding is that the hospice nurse had been contacted, and these employees were supposed to be watching the female, and obviously that wasn’t happening.”
He went on to say that the employees should have been monitoring the patient because based on his understanding, “she was having difficulty swallowing” and “with moving around.” Parker also stated that “she could have choked, fallen off the bed — anything. Since she’d had a stroke, her condition had worsened, and her health was declining, so that was a serious time they were experiencing.”
Sadly, it was reported that the patient has since died after the surfacing of this video.
As a result of the behavior that was displayed by all three staff members, they were charged with exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, which is a felony under Georgia law that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000, according to the news outlet. Parker also mentioned to the source that police have been called out to the facility in the past, but it wasn’t for anything this serious.
Shortly after the arrest, Moss and Bruce were released on bond, however, “the federal Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has asked that Ramirez not be released at this point.” And after the video surfaced and it became public news, the facility’s executive director issued this statement via email:
We can confirm the recent termination of the three Bentley employees in connection with unprofessional behavior at work. Upon learning about this incident, we promptly contacted the Jefferson Police Department and an investigation was started. No resident’s condition was compromised as a result of this unfortunate event.
All employees must produce the required documentation that proves they are either U.S. citizens or legally permitted to work in the United States–which these three individuals did. We do not hire illegal immigrants. An ICE detention does not mean an individual was working illegally.
It is our privilege to be entrusted with the care of the residents of this community and we will never tolerate from our staff anything less than the utmost respect and care for each of our residents.”
 
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Although it isn’t clear whether the three former staff members’ behavior had anything to do with the resident’s death, this type of behavior is something no family ever wants their elderly loved one to be subjected to.
But, because certain staff members in long-term care facilities and nursing homes aren’t providing their residents with proper care, some even going as far as neglecting the people they should be caring for, it is important to report a case of abuse or neglect when you witness it. And if you have a loved one who currently lives in a nursing home in Atlanta, GA and you suspect they aren’t being treated properly, contact one of our nursing home abuse attorneys who can help you handle this matter.
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