Plant City, FL — A Florida caretaker was arrested last week after allegedly forcing a mentally disabled man to stand barefoot on fire ant hills as punishment for stealing money.
Quentin Amos, 21, a caretaker at a Plant City group home, was arrested in connection with the incident and another caretaker remains under investigation.
According to police, another caretaker at the home, Martine Florexil, reported the theft of $390 in cash and three checks back on September 8. Amos had reason to believe a 21-year-old resident of the home had something to do with the theft, so he decided to dish up some punishment.
On Sunday, September 11, Amos and another caretaker forced the victim to remove his socks and shoes and stand on the ant bed for an undisclosed amount of time. After being bitten multiple times, the victim was then forced to place his hands atop the bed. The man later told police Amos threatened to hit him if he stepped off. A second resident of the group home told deputies he was punished in the same manner.
Police say the victim did not receive medical treatment until the next day.
Florexil told police she wasn’t working when the alleged abuse occurred and said she never encouraged anyone to retaliate on her behalf. She said she doesn’t condone Amos’ actions. She has no plans to press charges against the resident, who has since been removed from the home and placed with his grandparents, and has recovered a partial amount of the missing cash.
Amos was charged with one count of abuse of a disabled adult and later released on $2,000 bond. The group home has had it’s license suspended.Tags: abuse of a disabled adult, fire ants, Florida, Quentin Amos