Phoenix PD: Caregiver instructs one autistic man to beat up another

PHOENIX - A caregiver reportedly struck a non-speaking autistic man with a cord, then instructed another patient to beat him to keep the victim from biting himself. 

Phoenix Police report that on February 8, a caregiver, identified as 57-year-old Mariama Sesay Jallon, allegedly used a thin white cord to strike an adult autistic man who can't speak. 

A witness says Jallon works at a group home near 16th Street and Union Hills Road and saw her hit the victim, with the cord on his arms, as the victim was covering his head. 

The witness reportedly told police that the victim tends to bite himself and Jallon was trying to get him to stop. Jallon allegedly hit and yelled at the victim, but he still didn't stop. 

She then instructed another patient to 'beat up the victim.' The other patient started hitting the victim on his head until the witness intervened. 

Jallon continued hitting the victim with the cord as he ran away. Police say the witness reportedly recorded about 19 seconds of Jallon beating the victim with the cable. 

Police say that by the time they were not notified of the incident, the victim no longer had any visible injuries. 

Jallon was arrested at her home in Glendale on Wednesday morning.

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