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


August 1, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

CURRAN CHARGES NURSING HOME EMPLOYEE WHO ALLEGEDLY PUNCHED 87-YEAR-OLD PATIENT

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that the Office of the Attorney General has filed criminal charges against a nursing home caregiver for allegedly punching an 87-year-old man in the chest while he was lying in bed. Kendall Sanders, address unknown, a certified nursing assistant who was working at Riverview Care Center, a Baltimore County facility, has been charged with second degree assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult.

The case is being handled by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney Generalís Office, which has the authority to investigate and prosecute patient abuse cases occurring in the State of Maryland.

Mr. Sanders has also been indicted in Baltimore City as a result of an earlier incident at another nursing home. He is charged with assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult in that matter as well. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Abuse of vulnerable adults by caretakers is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Second degree assault is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $2,500 fine.

A statement of charges is only an accusation based upon a finding of probable cause by a court commissioner. The trial dates in Baltimore County District Court and the Circuit Court for Baltimore City have not yet been set.

###