April 21, 2004
COUNTY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ABUSE
Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Jessie Knight, a former
instructor at the Chimes Day Habilitation Center, Inc., in Baltimore
County pleaded guilty to repeatedly abusing a developmentally
disabled man who was in her care. Knight, 49, of the 5100 block
of Oaklawn Road, Baltimore, was employed by the Chimes, Inc.
which ran a day habilitation program in Baltimore County.
County Circuit Court Judge Dana M. Levitz sentenced Knight to
two years incarceration, suspending all but nine months to be
served in home detention. Judge Levitz also ordered Knight to
from providing direct care to vulnerable adults for five years,
and placed Knight on five years supervised probation.
According to the statement of facts, Knight abused a severely
mentally retarded man on three separate occasions. Knight kicked
the man in the genitals when he walked out of the bathroom with
his pants down and without a diaper on. The force of the kick was
so strong that the victim fell backwards. Knight laughed and then
locked the victim in the bathroom for fifteen minutes. Later that
same day, Knight kicked the vulnerable adult in the chest. On another
occasion, Knight hit the man on the head with a single block and
then a box of blocks.
The case was
prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect
of vulnerable adults in Medicaid-funded facilities.