April 8, 2004
COUNTY GROUP HOME MANAGER CHARGED WITH NEGLECT
J. Joseph Curran Jr. announced today that a former house manager
at a group home for developmentally disabled individuals, Robert
Leo Marion, Jr., has been charged with neglect of a vulnerable
adult and reckless endangerment in connection with a September
24, 2003 incident in which he left two developmentally disabled
adults alone and unsupervised for more than six hours.
Marion, 39, of the 2500 block of Loyola Northway, Baltimore was
employed at Caring Hands, Inc. which operated a group home in Baltimore
County. He was charged by Criminal Information with three counts
of criminal neglect and three counts of reckless endangerment.
Intentional abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults by a caregiver
is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of five years
in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. Reckless endangerment is a misdemeanor
punishable by not more than five years in jail and/or a $5,000
fine. A criminal information is an accusation and all persons are
presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
The case was
prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has the authority to prosecute abuse
or neglect of vulnerable adults in Medicaid-funded facilities.