A Brownwood woman who is on probation for the theft of 10 school laptop computers was arrested Thursday on an indictment for injury to a disabled person, authorities said.
The December session of the Brown County Grand Jury returned the indictment against Gladys Bryant, 57, court documents state. Early police arrested Bryant, who is free on $10,000 bond, Brown County Jail records state.
According to an email from Brownwood police:
Detectives received six reports from Adult Protective Services in October alleging abuse at a Daybreak home care facility. The reports detail separate incidents in which it was reported an employee of Daybreak physically struck residents of the home.
Detective Kris Salazar was assigned to investigate the allegations and gather evidence. During the investigation, photographs and statements were made detailing the incidents.
Information was corroborated indicating an employee did use physical force on multiple occasions as a way to discipline or punish the residents, police said. The force used and manner in which it was done was not consistent with discipline and not condoned by Daybreak management.
Bryant is accused by indictment of injuring a disabled male by “striking him with a spoon, putting hot sauce on his hands, hitting him in the hit or hitting him with a belt or a shoe,” court documents state.
Bryant was indicted under the name Gladys Rhett AKA Gladys Bryant. She was booked into the Brown County Jail under the name Bryant.
Bryant pleaded guilty in November 2018 to theft by a public servant in connection with the theft of the Brownwood school computers and was placed on 10 years deferred adjudication.
Bryant, who worked at the school district’s central office as a receptionist and food service assistant when the theft occurred, was terminated from the school district, officials with the school district said earlier.