May 27, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GROUP HOME CARE GIVER CHARGED WITH
NEGLECT, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former house
manager at a group home for developmentally disabled individuals,
Thomas C. Williams, has been charged with neglect of a vulnerable
adult and reckless endangerment in connection with a February 18,
2003 incident in which he left two severely retarded adults alone
and unsupervised for almost four hours.
36, of the 1100 block of Bonaparte Avenue, Baltimore, was employed
by Creative Options, Inc., which operated a group home in Baltimore
County. He was charged by Criminal Information with two counts of
criminal neglect and two counts of reckless endangerment.
neglect and abuse of vulnerable adults by a care giver is a misdemeanor
punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in jail and/or a
$10,000 fine. Reckless endangerment is a misdemeanor punishable
by not more than five years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. A criminal
information is an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent
unless proven guilty.
case was prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control
Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect of vulnerable
adults in Medicaid-funded facilities.