April 14, 2004
PROVIDER PLEADS GUILTY TO NEGLECT
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Lafenus
Donnell Taylor, a former respite care provider for and employee
of The Chimes, Inc., pleaded guilty to neglecting a vulnerable
adult in connection with a series of occasions when he failed to
properly supervise a developmentally disabled adult in his care.
Taylor, 35, of the 3000 block of Spaulding Avenue in Baltimore
City, pleaded guilty to one count of neglect of a vulnerable adult,
and was sentenced by the Honorable John M. Glynn to a three year
suspended sentence and three years of supervised probation. The
judge also prohibited Taylor from working as a caregiver in the
healthcare field during the term of probation.
the statement of facts presented by the State, the victim, who
is 39 years old, had lived with his family for 37 years,
until his parents became too frail to care for him. At that point,
they were referred to The Chimes, a provider of services to the
developmentally disabled, and The Chimes hired the defendant to
care for the victim in the defendant’s home. The victim in
the case was mentally disabled, schizophrenic, and autistic, and
experienced numerous physical problems as well.
As his respite care provider, Taylor was required to make sure
that either he or another trained caregiver was with the victim
at all times. However, Taylor worked full time for the Chimes coordinating
care of Chimes clients during the same time period that he was
providing respite care to the victim. Investigation by the State
revealed that on January 22, 2003, as well as on other occasions,
Taylor left the victim alone at home with his roommate, who was
completely untrained and lacked any experience as a caregiver,
while Taylor was out performing unrelated duties for The Chimes.
This 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.