February 26, 2004
CAREGIVER CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER, NEGLECT AFTER FATAL FIRE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that a Baltimore
City resident has been charged with involuntary
manslaughter and neglecting several developmentally disabled adults
in connection with a fire that occurred on March 6, 2003 at 3908
Noyes Circle in Randallstown.
Jobes, 36, of Dundalk, Maryland, has been charged by the Grand
Jury for Baltimore County in a 10-count indictment with manslaughter,
neglect of a vulnerable adult in the first and second degree
reckless endangerment. On March 6, 2003, Jobes was a caregiver
for three deaf individuals who, due to their developmental disabilities,
were dependent on their caregivers for all of their activities
of daily living. In addition, two of the individuals were also
legally blind. In the early hours of March 6, a fire started
in the apartment. As a direct result of the fire, two of the
Delano Thomas and Nevalon Mitchell, died.
is charged with failing to provide necessary assistance and resources
for the three adults under his care. The first two counts
of the indictment charge Jobes with manslaughter of each of the
decedents. The next two counts charge him with neglect in the
first degree by failing to provide the required supervision of
men who died. Counts Five, Six and Seven charge neglect of all
three men in the second degree, which is neglect of a vulnerable
adult regardless of injury. The final three counts charge reckless
endangerment, related to all three men, and allege that Jobes
engaged in conduct that created a substantial risk of death or
physical injury to the victim.
a criminal indictment is only an accusation and all persons are
presumed innocent unless proven
guilty, manslaughter is a felony
punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail. Neglect
of a vulnerable adult in the first degree is a felony punishable
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.
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.
A trial date has not been set.