Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


February 7, 2018
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Florida State Hospital Employee Arrested for Abusing a Disabled Person

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Baker County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a former Northeast Florida State Hospital employee for abusing a disabled adult. Antrisa Fontae Butler, 27, a human services worker allegedly struck a schizophrenic resident multiple times in the head and neck.

During the course of the investigation, MFCU discovered Butler used non-approved training techniques against the disabled patient. Butler allegedly struck the victim in the chin and tackled the victim, causing the victim’s head to hit the floor and a door. The defendant continued the abusive behavior by pinning the victim down and punching the victim several times with a closed fist.

Evidentiary documents show Butler to be current on all required training related to restraint and physical interaction with patients. Butler faces one count of abuse of a disabled adult, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Butler faces up to five years in prison and more than $5,000 in fines. The State Attorney’s Office for the Eight Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.