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


February 19, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

NURSING ASSISTANT PLEADS GUILTY
TO PUNCHING 80-YEAR-OLD RESIDENT

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that former nursing assistant Kendall Sanders, 47, of the 200 block of E. Lafayette Street, Baltimore, pleaded guilty to charges that he punched an 80-year-old female resident in the chest, while working at Levindale Hebrew Geraiatric Center, located at 2434 W. Belvedere Avenue, in September 2000.

The elderly resident, who does not speak English, had called for Sanders by activating the call light beside her bed. After striking her, Sanders moved the call light out of her reach and left the room.

Sanders was sentenced by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Carol E. Smith to serve six months and nine days of a two-year sentence, followed by two years’ probation, during which time he may not may work as a direct care provider in the health care field. Prior to his plea in this case, Sanders’ geriatric nursing assistant license was revoked by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Sanders had been provided to Levindale by SNI, Inc. a supplemental nurse staffing agency located at 6821 Reisterstown Road.

"Mr. Sanders committed a despicable act and is rightfully being punished for it," Attorney General Curran said. "This kind of treatment is the nightmare of countless people with loved ones in a nursing home and it must be stopped by vigorous prosecution and strict monitoring." Attorney General Curran will be holding forums this summer throughout Maryland, on the legal, medical and social impact of abuse on the elderly.

Sanders has a case still pending in the District Court for Baltimore County, whereby he is accused of assaulting a resident of a second nursing home on December 3, 2000, after being placed at that facility by SNI, Inc.

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

 

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