It’s not every day that a 93-year-old woman is plucked from her nursing home and hauled off to jail. But that’s exactly what happened to Juanita Fitzgerald, and the video of her removal outraged many of the people who watched it.
At the time of her apprehension in December 2017, Fitzgerald was a mere 100 pounds and stood at only 5 feet tall. She had spent the previous six years living at Franklin House, a retirement home in Eustis, Florida.
And although Fitzgerald had cause to celebrate later that month, when she would turn 94, she also had a much more serious issue to deal with. The elderly woman had allegedly fallen behind on her rent at the nursing home; as a consequence, then, she’d been evicted.