August 4, 2004
CAREGIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO NEGLECT
J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that former caregiver Robert
L. Marion pleaded guilty to one count of neglect
of a vulnerable adult. Mr. Marion was accused of leaving three
developmentally disabled men, who were in his care, alone and unattended
for 6 ½ hours.
Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Cadigan sentenced
Marion to eighteen months incarceration, suspending the entire
sentence. Judge Cadigan also ordered Marion to refrain from providing
direct hands-on care to vulnerable adults for a period of two years;
Marion was also placed on two years supervised probation.
the Statement of Facts, Marion was an “awake
overnight caregiver” for three developmentally disabled men
who live in a group home on Trotters Court in Baltimore County.
The group home is run by an agency called Caring Hands, Inc. On
September 24, 2003, at 11:00 p.m., the Chief Executive Officer
of Caring Hands conducted an unannounced visit of that group home
and found the three residents alone in the apartment. None of the
men were harmed. The CEO stayed with the three men until 5:30 the
next morning, when Marion finally returned to the apartment. Marion
claimed that he left the men alone to help his wife clean their
basement which had flooded.
All three victims are moderately mentally retarded. Two of the
victims are non-ambulatory, and one of the victims has an impulse
control disorder, making it even more dangerous to leave the men
alone and unsupervised.
This case was
prosecuted by Attorney General Curran’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit which prosecutes cases of vulnerable adult abuse
in facilities that receive Medicaid funds.