Group home caregiver accused of abuse in north Phoenix

Posted at 10:43 PM, Mar 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-21 01:43:54-04

A group home caregiver is accused of yelling, smacking and ordering a housemate to beat up a 22-year-old man with nonverbal autism. 

Mariama Jalloh is facing felony charges for vulnerable adult abuse. 

According to court records, Jalloh was working at a home managed by Ray of Hope, LLC, last month when the abuse happened. 

A fellow caregiver reportedly witnessed and recorded video of the incident.

Police said Jalloh was trying to get the victim to stop biting his wrists. "She the defendant smacked the victim with her open hand across his hand," investigators wrote in their report. 

"She instructed the other resident in the home who is also autistic to beat up the victim, so that resident began hitting the victim on the head with his hands," police wrote.

The fellow caregiver told investigators, at one point, the 57-year-old Jalloh struck the victim 45 times with a cell-phone charging cable. 

While being interviewed, police said Jalloh admitted to being in the home but denied the allegations.