January 7, 2004
GROUP HOME EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO NEGLECT OF VULNERABLE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Thomas C.
Williams, a former house manager at a group
home for developmentally disabled individuals, pleaded guilty Monday
before Judge Christian M. Kahl in the Circuit Court for Baltimore
County to neglect of a vulnerable adult. The guilty plea was in
connection with an incident on February 18, 2003, when Williams
left two developmentally disabled adults alone and unsupervised
for almost four hours. February 18, 2003 was the last day of a
blizzard which covered Baltimore County with two feet of snow,
and the two men were found wandering around the Rolling Winds apartment
complex where they live.
At the time of the incident, Williams, 36, of the 1100 block
of Bonaparte Avenue in Baltimore, was employed by Creative
Inc., which operates the group home at 7102 Burford Court, Apt.
204, Baltimore County, where the two men in question, Gregory
A., 46, and Larry J., 22, lived. Because of their developmental
each of the men required 24-hour supervision, which Williams
was paid to deliver.
concerned neighbor found one of the men struggling to walk in
the snow and about an hour later the groundskeeper found the
man in the apartment’s parking lot. Because they were exposed
for a relatively short period of time, neither man suffered serious
is scheduled for March 2, 2004. Neglect of a vulnerable adult
is a misdemeanor punishable by a sentence of five years
and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse and
neglect of vulnerable adults in Medicaid-funded facilities.