One Year After Child Abuse Reports; Miami Shores Woman Stripped of Nursing License
The abuse was discovered after the death of her 7-year-old child in November of 2018.
Gina Emmanuel, the former nurse, was arrested in October of this year on multiple counts of aggravated child abuse causing great bodily harm and child neglect causing great bodily harm, according to an arrest report.
The report said the 50-year-old Emmanuel is accused of using belts, a brush, a back scratcher and other objects to physically abuse three young girls, who she began fostering in 2014. Emmanuel, who adopted the kids – ages 6, 7 and 12 – along with their 4-year-old brother in 2017, allegedly tied the kids’ hands and bodies to furniture, tied socks around their eyes and burned their hands and fingers on the stove as punishment for when they wet the bed.
In January, the 7-year-old’s surviving sister told investigators of the abuse. At that point she and her siblings had been removed from the home.
But, Emmanuel was still able to work as a home health nurse for nine months before being criminally charged.
NBC 6 reached out to the Department of Health and Agency for Persons with Disabilities to ask why the decision took so long.
A spokesperson responded saying:
“Ms. Emmanuel’s license was suspended by an emergency order signed by the State Surgeon General on November 15. The investigation and all details of the case that are not included in the emergency order are still considered confidential.”
The agency also added that a hearing is scheduled that could lead to Emmanuel losing her ability to run a group home.