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Baker County sheriff's stepdaughter charged with abuse of disabled patient

Emily Martin, 20, arrested following investigation by Attorney General's Office

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BAKER COUNTY, Fla. – The 20-year-old stepdaughter of Baker County Sheriff Scotty Rhoden was arrested earlier this month on a third-degree felony charge of abuse of a disabled patient, according to the Florida Office of the Attorney General. 

Emily Martin, a certified nursing assistant, grabbed and shoved a disabled patient at Northeast Florida State Hospital, according to the investigation conducted by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. 

The Baker County Sheriff's Office released the a statement, saying in part, "While the Sheriff and his family are saddened by these allegations, they firmly support Emily.  This matter has been investigated by the Florida Attorney General’s office, and is in no way connected to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office."