A caretaker is under arrest after physically abusing an 88-year-old man in Hillsborough County.
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On August 5, 2020, Jonah Delgado, 19, was the on-duty caregiver for the victim, an 88-year-old man who required full-time care for basic needs. Home surveillance video shows Delgado physically abusing the victim by slapping the victim’s face and yelling at him. Delgado places the victim in a wheelchair where he hits the victim multiple times in the face, head, and stomach.
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Later the Delgado pushed the victim into a bed, and punched the victim in the stomach three times. Detectives worked quickly to obtain an arrest warrant and with the assistance of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Delgado was arrested August 5th around midnight.
“The actions of this man are deplorable, unacceptable and disturbing,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “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. I am very proud of our detectives who worked quickly to get this man in custody before he could hurt anyone else.”
Delgado is now charged with Abuse of Elderly or Disabled Adult and Battery.