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


February 21, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

FORMER NURSING ASSISTANT FOUND GUILTY OF ABUSING ELDERLY RESIDENT, SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON
Defendant’s Second Conviction in Five Days for Striking an Elderly Patient

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that former nursing assistant Kendall Sanders, 47, of the 200 block of E. Lafayette Street, Baltimore, was convicted on charges that he punched an 87-year-old male resident in the chest while working at Riverview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, located at 1 Eastern Blvd., in Baltimore County, on November 22, 2000.

Sanders struck the elderly victim while attending to him in the resident’s room. Investigators were unable to determine a motive for the attack.

Sanders was sentenced by Judge Norman R. Stone of the District Court for Baltimore County to serve three years in jail. Sanders previously pleaded guilty in Baltimore City Circuit Court to attacking an 80-year-old resident of another nursing home, and on February 15 was ordered 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 Prior to these convictions, Sanders’ geriatric nursing assistant license was revoked by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

"This man committed two inexcusable acts and should never be entrusted with the care of another," Attorney General Curran said.

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

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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