A former nursing home caregiver has been arrested after she allegedly took a video of a partially nude 93-year-old patient with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and posted it on Snapchat.
Grace Riedlinger, 21, is charged with capturing an image of nudity without consent. The alleged victim: a 93-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
According to a police report obtained by PEOPLE, the nursing home received a tip from one of Riedlinger’s former classmates, who saw the video on Snapchat. The nursing home then contacted the Kenosha, Wisconsin, Police Department.
A police officer then watched the short video. “I observed the video, which showed a female who was sitting on a bed in a bra but no underwear and no panties,” the officer wrote in a police report. “[She] appeared to be naked from the waist down.”
According to a supplementary report obtained by PEOPLE, the alleged victim “has dementia and did not remember the event. She was examined and had no injuries.”
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Police then interviewed Riedlinger, who waived her right to have an attorney present. “It was stupid and very immoral,” she allegedly told police, according to the police report. The report goes on to say that Riedlinger is contrite and cooperating fully with the investigation.
Suspect: ‘I Thought It Was Funny So I Tried to Videotape It’
In a statement, Riedlinger wrote:
“I was working as a CNA a Parkside manor during my regularly scheduled shift. As part of my job duties, hygiene and daily personal care are things I assist patients with. I was changing [the patient] for bedtime and putting pajamas on her.”
It continues: “I took [her] clothes off for her. I think she was wearing her bra, and she does not cooperate when being undressed. [She] plays tug of war with her clothes, and I thought that it was funny so I tried to video tape it. I did not send the video directly to anyone, but I did upload the video as part of my ‘story’ on Snapchat, a mobile messaging application. I had forgotten about the video, and no one had said anything to me until today when I was pulled into the office.”
“I want to apologize to Parkside Manor and the family of [the patient],” Riedlinger continues. “I have never abused any of my patients and I have never inappropriately touched any of my residents.”
The video could only be viewed by Riedlinger’s friends and vanished after 24 hours.
Riedlinger did not return PEOPLE’s message for comment. Her mother told The Huffington Post that an attorney had advised the family not to talk about the case.
At Riedlinger’s bond hearing, Court Commissioner Jon G. Mason called the incident “one of the most disgusting cases I’ve heard in a long time. I wonder how she would feel if someone did this to her mother. I cannot fathom what would possess someone to do something like this and then post it on the Internet.”