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


November 13, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

NURSING ASSISTANT CONVICTED OF ABUSE OF NURSING HOME RESIDENT

Attorney General, J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a Geriatric Nursing Assistant, Helen Redmond, was convicted of abusing a vulnerable nursing home resident and of second degree assault. Baltimore City District Court Judge Gale Raisin sentenced Redmond to one year in jail, all suspended and placed her on three years supervised probation.

Redmond, 42, of 444 North Lakewood Avenue in Baltimore, was employed to provide care for residents at FutureCare Homewood on Charles Street in Baltimore. The incident involved resident Margaret B., a 75-year-old woman who suffers from dementia and end-stage renal disease who was unable to walk unaided. At about 10 p.m. on February 9, 2001, the victim's roommate rang the call bell because Margaret needed to be taken to the bathroom. Redmond entered the room, turned off Margaret's call light and left, saying she would be right back. She did not return for over 30 minutes. By that time, Margaret had soiled the bed and become upset with Redmond. As Redmond was beginning to clean Margaret, her roommate saw Redmond strike Margaret on her face with an open hand. Redmond finished cleaning Margaret and left the room. The roommate immediately called Margaret B.'s daughter, who in turn reported the incident to the nursing home. Although Redmond testified at trial that she did not strike the victim, she was found guilty of vulnerable adult abuse and second degree assault. Margaret B. was unable to attend the trial but her granddaughter was in attendance.

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

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