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


January 14, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

NURSING ASSISTANT SENTENCED FOR SPRAYING FOAM INTO THE FACE OF AN 88 YEAR-OLD NURSING HOME RESIDENT

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that geriatric nursing assistant Sherry L. Ritch, was sentenced by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Alfred Nance to a one-year suspended sentence for second degree assault of an elderly nursing home resident.

On December 6, 2000, Ritch, 44, of the 5500 block of Windsor Mill Road, of Baltimore, was found guilty by a Baltimore City jury of second degree assault for spraying incontinent care foam into the face of an 88-year-old resident at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Baltimore. Judge Nance placed Ritch on supervised probation for three years and ordered that Ritch not engage in licensed caregiving during the term of her probation. Judge Nance also ordered Ritch to pay a $1,000 fine.

This case was handled by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney Generalís Office, which has the authority to investigate and prosecute vulnerable adult abuse and neglect in facilities receiving Medicaid funds.

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