Newly released video from inside an embattled Williston, Florida, retirement home shows a younger resident mercilessly beating an 86-year-old man with dementia during an argument over a cupcake.
The security video was recorded inside the Good Samaritan Retirement home on Oct. 3. Williston Police recently released it to CNN. The retirement home has now been put on moratorium after two of its employees were arrested and charged with elderly neglect in two separate cases.
In the video, a 52-year-old resident can be seen punching an 86-year-old man more than 50 times in two minutes. Police say the younger man accused the older man of eating his cupcake. Other residents can be seen in the common area eating and watching TV just feet away. At the time of the beating there were no staff members around, according to reports. It was only after the beating had occurred that staff showed up, according to CNN.
Police say the victim had to be hospitalized. Police say the younger man, who had previously suffered a traumatic brain injury, was not charged with a crime because of his "limited capacity." Staff at Good Samaritan said the younger resident hadn't displayed signs of aggression since coming to the facility in 2015, according to police reports.
They say he was removed from the facility temporarily after the incident but was later allowed to return with one-on-one supervision.
Our affiliate MyCBS4 in Gainesville, Florida contributed to this story.
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