December 15, 2003
CHARGED WITH NEGLECT AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT IN SCALDING
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a Prince George’s
County resident has been charged with neglect and reckless endangerment
of a developmentally disabled
adult.Haja Bah, 25, of Landover, Maryland, was charged by the Grand
Jury for Worcester County in a three-count criminal information:
neglect of a vulnerable adult in the first degree, neglect of a
vulnerable adult in the second degree, and reckless endangerment.
September 5, 2003, Bah was a caregiver for four individuals who,
due to their developmental disabilities, were dependent on
their caregivers for all of their activities of daily living. Bah
was caring for one of the individuals while at a rental house in
Ocean City, Maryland. Bah is alleged to have placed the victim
in a bathtub, turned on the water and then left the bathroom. While
she was gone, the water temperature increased to the point where
the victim received second-degree burns on 40 percent of her body.
The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, which has authority
to investigate and prosecute abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults,
in conjunction with the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s
criminal information is only an accusation and all persons are
presumed innocent unless proven guilty. A charge of neglect of
a vulnerable adult in the first degree is a felony punishable by
a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and fine of $10,000. Neglect
of a vulnerable adult in the second degree is a misdemeanor punishable
by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine,
or both, on each count. Reckless endangerment is a misdemeanor
punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a
$5,000 fine, or both, on each count.
A trial date has not been set.