A South Florida caregiver is behind bars after she was caught on surveillance video kicking a 93-year-old woman with Alzheimer's so hard that she started bleeding profusely, authorities said.
Martha Diazsanchez, 64, was arrested Monday afternoon at the victim's Little Havana home on SW 29th Avenue and faces charges of elderly abuse, battery on a person 65 years or older and tampering with physical evidence, according to the Miami Police Department.
"That woman is a bad woman. A mean woman," Santiago Sarmiento, the victim's son-in-law, told NBC 6.
Sarmiento said his mother-in-law is in such a frail state, that she could not even tell her own family that she was attacked.
"She has Alzheimer's and she is very weak," he said.
The surveillance video, taken from the victim's bedroom, shows Diazsanchez entering the room after the victim fell off her bed. She kicks the victim in the leg, hard, causing her to bleed and leaving a laceration in her leg. Diazsanchez pulls up the victim and throws her back onto her bed and mops up the blood after she patches up the injury, police said.
"We were able to put this puzzle together, and again, this could have been much worse," police commander Freddie Cruz said. "This elderly female could have been kicked in the head, her life could have been taken away at any given moment."
According to family members, Diazsanchez claimed to have 40 years of nursing experience. She had been working for the victim's family for only two weeks.
"You need to know who you're bringing into your house," Sarmiento said.
Police initially said the victim was 95 years old and later corrected her age to 93.
Diazsanchez was arrested after she was confronted by family members at the house. She was briefly hospitalized for chest pains and was subsequently booked into Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on $35,000 bond, according to online jail records. Attorney information wasn't available.