Two nursing home employees were charged with assaulting two residents, authorities said.
One of them, Rosa Edwards, 23, whipped a male victim with a leash while laughing before she and co-defendant Aneisha Xitavia Hall, 19, grabbed him and took him to the ground, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.
Both women are charged with two counts of battery on a person 65 or older. Authorities said the second victim was a female resident of the facility.
Deputies said in a statement that they began the investigation Tuesday after receiving a report of two employees assaulting the Inspired Living at Ivy Ridge Assisted Living Facility at 7179 40th Avenue North in unincorporated St. Petersburg. The facility’s executive director reported the Sunday incident after seeing it on surveillance footage, authorities said.
“Deputies say the incident was initially reported by staff as a resident-on-resident battery, but the director became suspicious of the allegations,” the sheriff’s office said. “During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that two employees, 23-year-old Rosa Edwards and 19-year-old Aneisha Hall, initiated an argument with an elderly male resident. The resident pushed an elderly female resident down the hall in her wheelchair. Deputies say, that Edwards began whipping the male resident with a cord while laughing as a physical altercation ensued. Edwards and Hall proceeded to grab the male resident and take him to the ground while he continued to hold on to the wheelchair, causing it to fall sideways with the female occupant in it. Both Edwards and Hall then ran away from the area of the incident and out of sight of the camera, leaving both elderly occupants lying on the ground.”
The victims were not injured, deputies said.
Edwards and Hall told a co-worker that the man hit the woman and that they were not involved, deputies said.
But when investigators spoke with Edwards, she “admitted to using excessive force in handling the incident and stated that they should have handled it differently,” according to the affidavit.
Pinellas County court records show Edwards was charged in 2021 with one count of battery on a person 65 or older. She got into an argument with the victim and punched him in the head, causing his hat to fall to the ground, documents state.
“Following Miranda, the defendant admitted to striking the victim in the head with her right hand,” authorities wrote.
The disposition of the 2021 case is unclear from available online court records.
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