March 3, 2004
BALTIMORE COUNTY CAREGIVER SENTENCED FOR NEGLECT OF A VULNERABLE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Thomas C.
Williams, a former house manager at a group
home for developmentally disabled individuals, was sentenced March
2 to 18 months incarceration for neglecting a vulnerable adult
in connection with an incident on February 18, 2003, when he left
two developmentally disabled adults alone and unsupervised for
almost four hours. February 18, 2003 was the last day of a blizzard
that covered Baltimore County with two feet of snow. The two men
were found separately, wandering around the Rolling Winds apartment
complex where they live.
County Circuit Court Judge Christian M. Kahl suspended all but
eight months of the sentence, and placed Williams on one
year supervised probation and ordered Williams to refrain from
working as a direct care provider for people who are vulnerable
adults for the entire period of probation.
the time of the incident, Williams, 36, of the 1100 block of
Bonaparte Avenue in Baltimore, was employed by Creative Options,
Inc., which operates the group home where the two men, Gregory
A., 46, and Larry J., 22, lived. Because of their developmental
disabilities, each of the men required twenty-four hour supervision,
which Williams was paid to deliver.
concerned neighbor found one of the men struggling to walk in
the snow and the groundskeeper found the second man in the
parking lot. Because they were exposed for a relatively short
period of time, neither man suffered serious physical injury.
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.