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For Immediate Release
December 15, 2004
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Kevin Enright 410-576-6357

NURSING ASSISTANT PLACED ON PROBATION FOR STRIKING A VULNERABLE ADULT

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former geriatric nursing assistant at Mariner Health of Overlea located at 6116 Belair Road in Baltimore City, has been found guilty after a bench trial of one count of second degree abuse of a vulnerable adult and one count of second degree assault in connection with an incident that occurred at the facility on December 29, 2003.

Jacquetta Green, 31, of the 4300 block of Wakefield Road in Baltimore was a geriatric nursing assistant for 7 months at Mariner Health and was on duty and responsible for the care of the victim, a 77 year old woman who has been a resident of the facility since 1973. While giving the victim her morning care and brushing her hair, Green became frustrated and struck the victim in the upper torso and chest with an open hand causing the victim to cry out. The incident was witnessed and reported by an employee of Mariner Health’s housekeeping staff. Green was suspended as a result of the incident and subsequently terminated.

The Honorable Catherine Curran O'Malley of the Baltimore City District Court found Green guilty of both counts and placed her on 1 year of supervised probation with the special condition that she is barred from providing direct hands-on care for the same period of time.

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