September 2, 2004
FORMER CAREGIVERS CHARGED WITH NEGLECT OF A VULNERABLE ADULT
Maryland Attorney General J.Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that two former caregivers of the Chimes, Inc. have each been charged
in separate Criminal Informations with Neglect of a Vulnerable
Adult and Reckless Endangerment for leaving a developmentally disabled
woman alone and unattended in a van while they went shopping.
Brooks, 21, of the 3800 block of Bonview Avenue and Terri Sha-Nae
Lee, 21, of the 3200 block of Lawnview Avenue
were charged in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Both Defendants
were also charged separately in the District Court for Baltimore
County by the Baltimore County State’s Attorneys Office with
Theft. Brooks and Lee had been arrested during the June 29, 2004
shopping spree for shoplifting while they left the developmentally
disabled woman alone in the van. Trial on the theft charges is
scheduled for November 30, 2004. A trial date has not yet been
set for the Neglect charges.
Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult is a misdemeanor punishable by up
to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. Reckless Endangerment
is a misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison and/or
a $5,000 fine. A Criminal Information is an accusation, and all
persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
This case was
prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect
in facilities that receive Medicaid funds.