Former Nursing Assistant Sentenced for Slapping Elderly Client

February 18, 2000

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that former geriatric nursing assistant Melissa Lynn Scheibe was sentenced by Baltimore County District Court Judge Darryl G. Fletcher to probation before judgment for slapping an elderly resident on the hand. Scheibe, 28, of the 1000 block of Tace Drive in Baltimore, pleaded guilty to one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult. Judge Fletcher also ordered Scheibe to perform 40 hours of community service, stay out of the direct-care field for a period of two years, and complete six hours of counseling.

The incident occurred on April 21, 1999, on the 80-year-old victim's birthday. Scheibe was providing bedside care to the vulnerable adult when the victim began to reach for her gastrointestinal tube. Scheibe struck the victim's hand and told three nursing assistants whom she was training that it was okay to hit a patient as long as no marks were left. The nursing assistants reported the incident to their supervisor.

This case was handled by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office, which has authority to investigate and prosecute patient abuse in facilities receiving Medicaid funds.

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