July 7, 2005
FORMER CAREGIVER CHARGED WITH ABUSE AND ASSAULT ON
A VULNERABLE ADULT
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that former caregiver Shellie Grooms was charged in the District
Court of Maryland for Baltimore County with Abuse of a Vulnerable
Adult and Second Degree Assault arising from a November 30, 2004
incident where Grooms slapped a developmentally disabled man whom
she was being paid to care for.
Grooms, 42, of the 1800 block of Ruxton Avenue worked for Chimes’ Supportive
Employment Program and was assigned to work with the vulnerable
adult victim at the cafeteria at UMBC, Catonsville campus.
Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult is a misdemeanor, punishable by up
to five years in prison and/or a $5,000.00 fine. Second degree
assault is also a misdemeanor, punishable by up to ten years in
prison and/or a $2,500 fine. An application for statement of charges
is an accusation, and all persons are presumed innocent unless
proven guilty. Trial is scheduled for August 24, 2005.
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.