Three women have been arrested after they recorded and posted a snapchat video showing them laughing, swearing, making obscene gestures, and ignoring a dying elderly woman undergoing palliative care.
One of the women could also be seen smoking a vape pen in the video.
The 76-year-old woman in question had just experienced a stroke and the facility was waiting for a hospice nurse to arrive.
However, because it was going to be some time before the medical professional could arrive, three carers were asked to attend to the elderly woman and wait with her during that time.
They were there to monitor her and keep her company.
Instead, they spent their time ignoring her and recording snapchat videos on their phones.
“It was going to be an extensive time before the hospice nurse could be there, so these three employees were supposed to closely monitor the patient,” a spokesperson for the police told reporters.
Jorden Lanah Bruce, aged 21, of Jefferson; Mya Janai Moss, aged 21, of Colbert; and Lizeth Jocelyn Cervantes Ramirez, aged 19, also of Jefferson have all been charged with exploiting an elderly and disabled person as a result of the video.
All three women worked at the Bentley Senior Living Facility in Jefferson where they filmed the video in question.
Officials have also revealed that the patient in question was not filmed as part of the snapchat video, but it is unlikely this will do much to help the accused given that they are still guilty of being profoundly negligent and disrespectful.
The police were alerted to the video after another employee who worked at the care facility saw the video online and decided to pass it onto the authorities after finding themselves disgusted with their co-workers’ behaviour.
So far the identity of the patient has not been revealed. Nor is it clear if the woman’s family were alerted to the carers’ negligence, or the video that was filmed in the room of their dying relative.