BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Daja Reajean Rutledge, 24, was arrested yesterday and charged with elder abuse in two different cases.
The two incidents occurred sometime between June 15 and June 22, according to the reporting party, who contacted law enforcement on June 30. The reporting party said that Rutledge was a caregiver to an 80-year-old woman at the facility and was asked to give the woman a shower. Some time later, screams were reportedly heard coming from the shower, and a witness said Rutledge was seen covering the elderly woman’s mouth. When asked why she was covering the woman’s mouth, Rutledge reportedly said the woman was yelling too loud.
The second incident involved an 82-year-old woman during the same week. A witness said she heard a commotion coming from the victim’s bedroom; when she entered the bedroom, she saw Rutledge had pinned the victim to the wall by both her arms. The witness said the victim is non-verbal but appeared agitated. Rutledge reportedly told the witness that the woman would not go to bed, but the reporting party told an investigator that the woman is not required to go to bed at any specific time.
Post Miranda, Rutledge reportedly admitted to providing care for both women but denied covering the first woman’s mouth or engaging in any physical altercation with the second woman.
Rutledge has been charged with two counts of elder abuse and is being held on $5,000 bail but will likely be eligible for release on her own recognizance with day reporting to court services.
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