NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


June 27, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

NURSING ASSISTANT PLEADS GUILTY TO ABUSING 86-YEAR-OLD NURSING HOME RESIDENT

Baltimore - Attorney General, J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a Geriatric Nursing Assistant, Patricia Phillips, plead guilty to one count of Abusing a Vulnerable Nursing Home Resident. Baltimore County District Court Judge Norman R. Stone, III sentenced Phillips to two years probation and 100 hours of community service. Phillips had admitted her wrongdoing to the facilityís administrator at the time of the incident and again in court before Judge Stone.

Phillips, 46, of 2325 Barclay Street, Baltimore, was employed to provide care for residents at the nursing home. Just before 12 p.m. on May 14, 2001, two nursing assistants witnessed Phillips strike an 86-year-old woman who suffers from dementia. One of the witnesses quickly left the room, after which Phillips was seen by the remaining nurse striking the resident a second time. The resident did not sustain any visible injury from these strikes.

"This kind of abuse of authority and mistreatment of members of a vulnerable and dependent population will not be tolerated," Attorney General Curran said.

This case was prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of Maryland's Attorney General's Office, in accordance with the Attorney Generalís Elder Abuse Initiative. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has jurisdiction to prosecute abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in Medicaid funded facilities.

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