November 21, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
SENTENCED FOR STRIKING 81-YEAR-OLD
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a nursing assistant,
Betty Costley, 61, of the 6900 block of Eden Mill Road in Woodbine,
pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court of Baltimore County to one count
of abuse of a vulnerable adult for striking an 81-year-old nursing
home resident. Costley was sentenced by the Honorable John Grason
Turnbull, II to three years in prison, the term of which he suspended,
and three years probation.
to the statement of facts, on January 13, 2002, Costley was employed
as a nursing assistant at Chapel Hill Nursing Center in Randallstown
and was assigned to care for the 81-year-old vulnerable adult victim.
The victim, who has dementia, suffers from congestive heart failure,
and is wheelchair bound, requires assistance with all of her activities
of daily living. While Costley was supposed to be assisting the
victim, she instead began struggling with her, and then struck the
nursing home resident in the face with sufficient force to leave
a welt and to briefly lift one wheel of the woman's wheelchair off
of the ground.
Office will not tolerate abuse of the elderly," Attorney General
Curran said. "We treat these cases very seriously and will
continue to prosecute and seek jail time when appropriate."
case was prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control
Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect in facilities
that receive Medicaid funds.