July 22, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
ASSISTANT GUILTY OF STRIKING 84-YEAR-OLD DEMENTIA PATIENT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a nursing assistant,
Sue Allen Head, 34, of Ortanna, Pennsylvania, pled guilty to abusing
a vulnerable adult for striking an 84-year-old nursing home resident.
Carroll County District Court Judge Marc Rasinsky sentenced Head
to six months in jail, all suspended, and placed her on 18 months
probation. As conditions of her probation, Head is to perform 100
hours of community service and must stay out of the health care
field for three years.
October 31, 2002, Head was employed as a nursing assistant at Longview
Nursing Home on Main Street in Manchester, and was assigned to care
for a 84 year-old vulnerable adult who is not able to communicate
and suffers from a number of medical problems including end-stage
dementia. As a result of her condition, the victim requires assistance
with all of her activities of daily living. While Head was supposed
to be assisting the victim, Head instead began struggling with her,
and then struck the nursing home resident with sufficient force
that the striking could be heard across the room by an eyewitness,
leaving a mark on the victim.
of the degree of severity, these kinds of incidents should not and
will not be tolerated," Attorney General Curran said. "Therefore,
my Office will continue to investigate and prosecute people like
Sue Allen Head, whose job it is to provide care, not abuse."
case was prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of Marylands
Attorney Generals Office. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
has jurisdiction to prosecute the abuse and neglect of vulnerable
adults in Medicaid funded facilities.
Attorney General, J. Joseph Curran, Jr., in partnership with AARP
Maryland and Frederick Community College & Institute for Learning
in Retirement, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Elder and
Vulnerable Adult Abuse from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday,
July 23, 2003 at Frederick Community College.