March 11, 2005
FORMER HOUSE MANAGER CHARGED WITH ABUSING A VULNERABLE
J. Joseph Curran Jr. announced today that a former house manager
at a group home for developmentally disabled individuals, Phyllis
Fakuade, has been charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult and
assault in connection with a June 24, 2004 incident in which
she is alleged to have placed a vulnerable adult face down
on the floor,
placed her knee in the victim’s back and pulled up on the
victim’s arms for several minutes.
Fakuade, 41, of the 6600 block of Parr Avenue in
Randallstown was employed at Netcon & Earthkins, Inc. which
operated a group home in Baltimore County. She was charged with
one count of second
degree criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult and one count of second
degree assault. Trial is set in the District Court for Baltimore
County for June 20, 2005.
Intentional abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults by a caregiver
is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of five years
in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. Second degree assault is a misdemeanor
punishable by not more than ten years in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
A criminal information is an accusation and all persons are presumed
innocent unless proven guilty.
The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which has the authority to prosecute
or neglect of vulnerable adults in Medicaid-funded facilities.