Authorities say a Florida caretaker forced a mentally disabled man to stand barefoot on fire ant hills as punishment for stealing money.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies have charged 21-year-old Quentin Shunell Amos with abuse of a disabled adult.
Authorities say Amos thought the victim stole money from the staff and forced him to place his hands and feet on several ant beds at the Plant City MENTOR group home Sunday. Police say he was bitten multiple times.
Amos was released on $2,000 bond. A telephone listing for him could not be found. A message left for the group home was not immediately returned Thursday.
The state social services department said the home has been investigated five times this year, but no indications of abuse or neglect were found.