An Alabama health care worker was arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse after video circulated online showing her poking a dead resident and pulling the deceased person’s eyes open while smiling at the camera, AP reports. The worker, 23-year-old Ashley Mishay Williams of Bay Minette, turned herself in to the Daphne Police Department on September 3 and was immediately charged with a felony.
Baldwin County Jail
- The incident took place at The Brennity in Daphne. While it’s unclear who uploaded the video online, it was clear that Williams herself took the clip. Police were alerted to the incident on August 18 and launched an investigation immediately. In a post on The Brennity’s Facebook page, the company admitted that an employee recorded a “highly inappropriate video at our community.”
- Sagora Senior Living, who owns The Brennity, cooperated fully with police. They say that they provided police with whatever information they had and went on to say that Williams was no longer employed at the facility. “First and foremost, we find the actions in this video to be completely unacceptable, inappropriate and not in line with our resident first philosophy that we strictly uphold at our communities,” Sagora said in a statement. “We can confirm that this associate is no longer with Sagora Senior Living as we will not tolerate behavior like this.”
- People who come across the clip shouldn’t share it. Sagora and the police also urged those who had seen the video not to share it as it would only cause the victim’s family additional distress. Of course, once a viral clip like this begins circulating, it’s hard to keep it under control, so that may not be so successful.
- Authorities wanted her bond revoked. However, it’s unclear whether that petition was successful and whether or not Williams had a lawyer to represent her in court.