The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mandeville woman Wednesday (October 17) after it was discovered she had been mistreating a special needs adult that was in her care.
Donna Retif (DOB 1/3/1965), a personal care assistant, was hired to care for a 32-year-old female, who is non-verbal and suffers from a genetic disorder which causes developmental disabilities and neurological problems. She had worked for the family for the past four years caring for the victim in evenings on weekends.
After becoming concerned about changes in her daughter’s behavior and unexplained bruising on various parts of her body, the victim’s mother hid a recording device in her daughter’s bag.
Retif is heard on the recording cursing, yelling at the victim, and threatening her with physical harm. For several minutes, Retif is heard on the recording, continuously berating the victim by saying things that would be considered cruel and unacceptable to any reasonable person.
Using this information, STPSO detectives obtained a warrant for Retif’s arrest on one count on L.R.S. 14:93.3 Cruelty to Persons with Infirmities.
Retif was taken into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.