June 17, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CAREGIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO NEGLECT CHARGES
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Michael Delroy
Council, 44, of the 5100 block of Nelson Avenue in Baltimore City
pleaded guilty to neglect of a vulnerable adult for leaving a developmentally
disabled man who was in his care alone and unsupervised while he
went to buy drugs.
the time of the offense, Council was a caregiver employed by Chimes,
Inc. in the vocational services program. Council was being paid
to care for a developmentally disabled adult named Richard S., who
is 60-years-old, mentally retarded, and completely deaf in one ear.
Richard S. cannot read, cannot write, does not know his own address
or telephone number and is incapable of understanding if he were
in danger. Richard S. was participating in Chimes vocational
services program, which aims to teach work skills to people with
developmental disabilities under close supervision of a competent
April 17, 2002, Council, with Richard S., was supposed to deliver
food to group homes in the Baltimore area. At approximately 4:00
p.m. a uniformed patrol officer saw several unidentified males standing
in an alley near Greenmount Avenue and 21st Street in East Baltimore.
As the men began to flee when they saw the police officer, one of
the police officers chased an individual who was later identified
as Council. The police officer saw Council discard a clear capsule
containing a white powder, confirmed that it was heroin, and arrested
Council. While Council was being arrested, he told the police officer
that he had left a vulnerable adult in a truck that was parked around
the corner and up the street on Greenmount Avenue.
police officer responded to the truck and found vulnerable adult
victim Richard S. sitting in the passenger seat with the windows
down, doors unlocked and the keys in the ignition. The victim was
not injured but repeatedly expressed concern and confusion about
where his caregiver had gone.
City Circuit Court Judge Shirley Watts sentenced Council to two
years incarceration, with all but 15 days suspended, to be served
on the weekends. She also sentenced Council to three years supervised
probation and ordered that he stay out of the direct care field
providing hands on care to vulnerable adults. Council received probation
before judgement in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore
City in May 2002 for the drug charge.
case was prosecuted by the Attorney Generals Medicaid Fraud
Control Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect
in Medicaid-funded facilities.