Caretaker caught on family surveillance hitting client, deputies say
Oct. 09, 2019
A caretaker in Florida is accused of abusing the woman she was supposed to be caring for.
The alleged victim is 21 years old but has limited mental capacity, is deaf and doesn't speak.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the alleged victim lives with her mother and has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old.
The mother hired an in-home caretaker from a company so she could go to work.
The alleged victim's mother said she had a camera system installed in her house. She said she put the camera in because she's seen things happen to other families, not because she thought it might happen to hers.
She said while she was watching what was happening in her home in real-time on her cellphone, footage showed Zhane Jackson, the caretaker, hitting her daughter.
According to the incident report, Jackson was lying on a recliner while watching television when the client tried to get her attention.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the 21-year-old was signing to the caretaker about sleep when Jackson jumped from the chair and grabbed the her.
Chitwood said Jackson smacked the woman in the face twice and then dragged her into another room where there were no cameras.
Sheriff's deputies and the alleged victim's mother don't know what happened in that room and the 21-year-old is not able to tell them.
Officials said the video was enough evidence to arrest Jackson on a charge of abuse of a disabled adult.
The report said the company that hired Jackson has fired her.
It also said when Jackson learned she was being investigated she called the alleged victim's mother begging to speak with her, saying, "I can't go to jail."
Jackson is out of jail on $5,000 bond.
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