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Florida caretaker caught on video abusing man, 88, in wheelchair gets two years of house arrest


Florida elderly caregiver, 19, who was caught on video hitting a man, 88, in a wheelchair gets two years of house arrest

  • Jonah Delgado, 19, was caught on video assaulting and abusing an 88-year-old man in his wheelchair on August 5, 2020
  • He was sentenced on Wednesday to two years of house arrest and four years of probation, according to Hillsborough County court records 
  • Graphic home surveillance footage showed the on-duty caregiver physically abusing the elderly man in his care a little more than a year ago
  • Delgado is seen slapping the frail 88-year-old several times in the face and screaming ‘f**ing idiot’ in the victim’s face   
  • Authorities said Delgado also punched him in the stomach three times 

A 19-year-old caregiver caught on video abusing an 88-year-old man in his wheelchair was sentenced to two years of house arrest and four years of probation, according to Hillsborough County court records.   

Jonah Delgado was arrested in Hillsborough County, Florida, on August 5, 2020,  after footage showed him slapping a frail 88-year-old man in the face and screaming ‘how stupid are you’ at him.

He was found guilty earlier this month, in a virtual hearing before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Laura Ward, to three third-degree felonies, two counts of elder abuse, and battery of a victim over age 65. 

He also apologized at the hearing for his actions at the time of the incident.

Jonathan Delgado (pictured) pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Hillsborough County Florida after being caught on surveillance video abusing an 88 year old disabled man he was hired to care for (Fox 13 Tampa Bay)

‘If I can just say one thing, I just wanted to apologize. I understand that the victim’s son is here and I just wanted to apologize to him,’ Delgado said.

Subsequently, Delgado was sentenced to two years of house arrest and four years probation with a firm condition explained by Hillsborough Circuit judge Laura Ward. 

‘No caretaker employment at all,’ Ward added.

The day after his arrest, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook a graphic 55-second-long video showing the on-duty caregiver hitting the unidentified man, who required full-time care for basic needs.

Deputies said Delgado hit his victim in the face, head and stomach multiple times. 

Jonah Delgado, a 19-year-old Florida caregiver, has been arrested after horrifying footage showed him slapping a frail 88-year-old man in the face and screaming ‘how stupid are you’ at his victim

Graphic home surveillance footage shows the on-duty caregiver hitting the unidentified man, who requires full-time care of basic needs, several times in the face and violently dragging him out of his wheelchair while shouting abuse at him 

The disturbing video begins with Delgado pulling the man off the bed and sitting him down in a wheelchair before the caregiver casually slaps his victim hard across the face. 

He then tells the 88-year-old to ‘relax’.

‘It’s okay, it’s okay. Relax,’ he says. 

Delgado tries to pull the vulnerable man to his feet and slaps him again in the face. He appears to get more irate at this point and starts to yell in the old man’s face. 

‘You’re a f**ing idiot! Like, how stupid are you?’ he screams, as he removes his own headphones. 

The disturbing video begins with Delgado pulling the old man off the bed and sitting him down in a wheelchair before the caregiver casually slaps his victim hard across the face

The abuser becomes more irate shouting ‘You’re a f**ing idiot! Like how stupid are you?’ in the man’s face while slapping him and violently dragging him back out of the chair

‘Get up!’ he continues yelling.   

Delgado forcefully yanks the man from the wheelchair while slapping him again in the face and dragging him back toward the bed. 

Delgado (pictured in mug) was arrested and charged with abuse of an elderly or disabled adult and battery

He then pushes him onto the bed and punches him in the stomach three times.  

Sheriff Chad Chronister branded his actions ‘deplorable’ and said he had broken the trust placed in him as a caregiver. 

‘The actions of this man are deplorable, unacceptable and disturbing,’ he said.  

‘Delgado was trusted to take care of this man and to protect him. He not only broke this trust but put this man in direct danger with his actions.’

As part of his plea deal, Delgado will have to attend anger management classes, serve 200 hours of community service, and write of letter of apology to the victim.

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