Florida health care workers arrested, fired after livestreaming themselves abusing dementia patient

The video shows Shy'Tiona Bishop, 20, and Jada Harris, 18, terrorizing the female senior at an assisted living center in Northeastern Florida.

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal QC
Two senior-care nurse aides are facing felony charges for allegedly filming themselves mistreating a dementia-stricken patient and broadcasting the footage on social media to attract followers. 

The video shows Shy'Tiona Bishop, 20, and Jada Harris, 18, terrorizing the female senior at an assisted living center in Northeastern Florida, laughing and mocking her throughout, according to the Daily Mail.

The footage was livestreamed on one of the staffers' Instagram accounts on April 3 and aired during a press conference presided over by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office on Monday.

The unnamed senior was confirmed to be a dementia patient at the Melbourne facility and can be heard screaming as the pair repeatedly joke and laugh at the camera while ignoring the woman's cries. 

At one point, the staffers purposely block the woman from entering her bathroom and begrudgingly help her put on a pair of pants while complaining about being forced to look after the senior. Both women have since been fired.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey slammed the footage as "disgusting" Monday after announcing the charges against the duo, who have since been relieved from their posts.

Ivey slammed the women for their behavior and decried the state for setting both of the suspects' bond at $6,000 or less, with Bishop's only set at $4,000 despite the range of offenses.

The elderly abuse case was unveiled during the meeting for the first time after receiving a tip from someone working at the facility, identified as Market Street Viera in Melbourne, about the April 3 livestream and a week of investigations. 

During the meeting, Ivey said, "The perpetrators in this case are not only disgusting but they are vile individuals who live-streamed themselves abusing one of our elderly citizens who suffers from dementia."

He continued, "Abusing an elderly person or abusing anyone is disgusting enough, but to make matters even worse, they live-streamed the abuse. They actually put it up on a live-streaming platform so that their friends could watch it, laugh about it as they mocked this elderly person in her condition."  

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