A former worker at an East Hartford group home who was arrested after police said she was caught on camera beating up a severely disabled woman will appear in court on Wednesday.
Angelica Rivera, 33, was fired from her job at a group home on King Street after a video surfaced that showed Rivera allegedly attacking a developmentally disabled resident.
She is accused of kicking the woman in the stomach and dragging her by the hair sometime between January and March of this year.
East Hartford police believe there might be more videos of abuse and that other employees at the home might be involved. Investigators said that Rivera admitted to being the worker seen in the video and led them to a co-worker's home on Tolland Street. Detectives seized a computer from that house and it has been sent to the state forensics lab to be analyzed.
The group home in question is run by a non-profit called Options Unlimited, which is contracted by the State of Connecticut. Now the Department of Developmental Services has put all seven homes run by Options Unlimited on special monitoring to make sure residents aren’t in danger.