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

DATE, August 22, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

Nursing Assistant Pleads Guilty to Abuse of Disabled Nursing Home Patient


Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a Geriatric Nursing Assistant pleaded guilty to one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult for attacking a severely disabled and wheelchair-bound resident of a Baltimore City nursing home.

Loretta Boykins, 35, of the 1200 block of Whitelock Street in Baltimore, was working at Villa St. Michael Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on January 12, 2001, when another employee of the nursing home observed her hit the female resident in the face multiple times.

Judge Joseph P. McCurdy of the Baltimore City Circuit Court sentenced Boykins to a two-year suspended sentence and placed her on supervised probation for two years. Boykins is also prohibited from working without supervision in the hands-on care field during the probationary period.

The case was prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney GeneralŐs Office, which has the authority to investigate and prosecute patient abuse cases occurring in the State of Maryland.