Florida Woman and Caretaker Seen in Video Battering Disabled Man Gets Arrested

Florida Woman Chelsey Renee Payne, 30, of San Mateo, took the ride of shame to the Flagler County Jail after she was seen on video shoving a disabled man, grabbing him by the throat, and striking him in the face several times.

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The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of a suspicious incident at the Palm Coast Community Center. A concerned citizen told deputies that a female caretaker later identified as Chelsey Payne had possibly physically abused a man who is disabled on the property.

Surveillance footage was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office, and when detectives reviewed the footage, they discovered a disturbing encounter between the female suspect and a disabled adult male.

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly called the incident “appalling.”

“She committed this crime for somebody that was under her care, that she was supposed to be helping and assisting.”

At the time of the incident, Payne was working for East Coast Habilitation Options and was immediately fired after the incident was reported to the company, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“All East Coast Habilitation Options (ECHO) employees are expected to deliver the highest standard of care to our residents with developmental disabilities. All employees meet the stringent standards of the state of Florida’s Level 2 Background Screening before being allowed to work with people with disabilities. Unfortunately, an employee failed to abide by the expectations of her job and has been arrested by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. This individual is no longer employed by our agency. We would also like to thank the member(s) of the community who brought this to the attention of the authorities.”

With the assistance of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Payne was arrested at her residence in Putnam County and transported to their County Jail. Payne was then transferred to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility in Flagler County where she posted a $7,500 bond and was released.

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