November 14, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CARE PROVIDER CHARGED WITH NEGLECT AND
RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT OF A VULNERABLE ADULT
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a
former respite care provider for The Chimes, Inc. was charged with
multiple counts of neglect of a vulnerable adult and reckless endangerment,
as well as assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult, in relation
to his treatment of a developmentally disabled adult in his care.
Lafenus Donnell Taylor, 34, of the 3000 block of Spaulding Avenue
in Baltimore, was charged by criminal information with four counts
of reckless endangerment and five counts of neglect of a vulnerable
adult, and one count each of second degree assault and abuse of
a vulnerable adult. Reckless endangerment is a misdemeanor carrying
a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. Intentional
abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult is a misdemeanor punishable
by a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Second
degree assault is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 10 years
in prison and a fine of $2,500.
A $500 cash bail has been set for Taylor.
A criminal information is an accusation, and all persons are presumed
innocent unless proven guilty.
This case was
prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect
of vulnerable persons in facilities that receive Medicaid funds.