Gabriel V. Woods abused elderly dementia patient: Cops

Gabriel V. Woods (Mount Dora Police Dept.)

A 34-year-old nursing assistant in Florida was arrested for allegedly posting a photograph on social media showing her physically abusing an elderly dementia patient under her care to garner more attention online.

Gabriel V. Woods was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with one count of aggravated abuse and neglect of an elderly person, a third-degree felony, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, an employee at the healthcare facility where Woods was employed as a certified nursing assistant contacted the Mount Dora Police Department and reported receiving an anonymous message on her work email advising her that a patient was being abused at the facility. The anonymous email included a video and a photograph recently posted on Woods’ social media account.

The employee allegedly showed officers the email, the video and photograph.

Police wrote that the video posted to Woods’ TikTok page showed her wearing her work uniform and “extremely distinct gold/silver bracelets” while dancing to a song in what appears to be a facility bathroom.

The video was captioned: “Nurse: The resident fell out of bed. Me: but this song hit I’ll pick her up in a min.”


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The photograph attached to the anonymous email was allegedly posted to Woods’ Facebook page and is far more disturbing. Police said the photo showed an 88-year-old dementia patient lying in bed with a heart emoji inserted into the shot and placed over the patient’s face.

“In the photograph, an arm believed to belong to Woods is seen with the same distinct gold/silver bracelets,” the affidavit states. “This arm believed to belong to Woods is extended towards [the patient’s] face, grabbing and twisting [the patient’s] lips. This caused [the patient’s] top lip to appear white in the photograph. This white area around [the patient’s] upper lip is indicative of an area of skin which has a significant amount of force being applied to it.”

Gabriel V. Woods abused elderly dementia patient: Cops

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