In a case that made national headlines, a 93-year-old woman who is dealing with dementia was struck and beaten by the woman hired to take care of her. When news of the incident was broadcast across the country, Brenda Trahan Floyd had not been arrested and her whereabouts were still unclear. She has since been arrested and is facing several charges, including abuse of an elderly client.
As she appeared before state District Judge Vanessa Velasquez, she was ordered that even if she makes bail, which was set at $5,000, she was not to be permitted to work within the in home health care industry at least until the conclusion of the case.
Ms. Floyd appeared before the judge wearing an orange jumpsuit. The initial incident occurred on January 1 and charges were filed by authorities on January 4. The victim’s son had set up a hidden camera when he noticed his mother appearing with bruises. The abuse was caught shortly thereafter. Ms. Floyd was arrested January 27, 2017.
As reported by Brian Rogers in the news blog, Caregiver of 93-year-old woman barred from working in home healthcare, published by The Chronicle:
“Floyd, who was arrested Friday, appeared in an orange jail uniform before state District Judge Vanessa Velasquez. Floyd is being held on $5,000 bail. She is prohibited from contacting the victim or the victim’s family and cannot work in home healthcare while the case is pending, Velasquez ruled.
The elderly woman, whom the Chronicle has agreed not to name, was widowed in 2012 and suffers from dementia.
Her adult son secretly set up a home security camera after becoming suspicious of the elderly woman’s bruises. After watching what appeared to be an assault on his mother, the son called 911 and drove to the home, sending Floyd away. After authorities saw the alleged attack, Floyd was charged with elder abuse.”
There was no notice made in court whether Ms. Floyd had retained council or if she would be able to make bail. There was also no word about whether the district attorney will seek additional charges or if a plea agreement could be in the works.
The case sparked outrage when video of the incident was released. Ms. Floyd had apparently been working providing support for this client for a long time, and it’s not clear whether the abuse was recent or ongoing. No follow-up court date was provided.