December 30, 2003
HOUSE MANAGER OF ASSISTED LIVING HOME IN BALTIMORE COUNTY SENTENCED
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former house
manager at an assisted living
home in Baltimore County was found guilty of abuse of a vulnerable
adult for punching a developmentally disabled man in the face.
Dale Avery Woodard, 42, of the 2400 block of West Lexington Street,
Baltimore, was sentenced by Baltimore County District Court Judge
Bruce Sewell Lamdin to three years incarceration, all but 44 days
suspended, two years supervised probation, and ordered to stay
out of the direct care field for two years.
was paid by Hixon Options Assisted Living to care for a 49-year-old
resident who suffers from bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia,
hypertension, stroke and has a shunt in his head. The resident
was in his yard talking with neighbors outside the home in Walden
Cypress Court, Baltimore County. When he did not immediately
respond to Woodard’s request to come inside, Woodard grabbed the
front of the victim’s shirt and punched him in the face
with a closed fist. The victim was taken to the hospital and
for bruising to his eye and cheekbone.
case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect
in Medicaid-funded facilities.