Newsweek reported the sad abuse and loss of dignity for a resident at Bentley Senior Living center in Jefferson, Georgia. Three assisted living center employees were arrested by Georgia police after the trio appeared in a profanity-laden Snapchat video surrounding a dying elderly woman. The caregivers were seen smoking a vape pen and yelling curse words at the camera as the woman laid dying from a recent stroke in the background. The Snapchat video they posted online was labeled “The End.”
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.
Jefferson Police charged Jorden Lanah Bruce; Mya Janai Moss; and Lizeth Jocelyn Cervantes Ramirez for exploiting an elderly and disabled person. 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.
Days after the June 13 video recording was made, another employee at the senior living facility discovered and reported the lewd Snapchat story. All three women were arrested on June 22 and were employed at the facility at the time of their arrest.
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.
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.”