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


October 3, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

NURSING HOME NURSE INDICTED FOR NEGLECTING A VULNERABLE ADULT PATIENT

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Carolyn Haynes, 58, of Bowie, Maryland was indicted for failing to provide necessary medical care to a nursing home resident in January 2001. The indictment charges that during the early morning hours of January 15, 2001, Haynes, a registered nurse working for Chapel Hill Nursing Center, 4500 block Robosson Road, Randallstown, was in charge of care for an 84-year-old vulnerable adult resident and failed to provide necessary medical care to the resident. The indictment charges that the resident, who was dependent upon his caregivers for all of his activities of daily living, expired that same morning.

A charge of neglect of a vulnerable adult carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine, or both. An indictment is only an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. This case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit which has authority to investigate and prosecute abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults in facilities that receive Medicaid funds.

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