August 9, 2005
NURSING AIDE CONVICTED OF ASSAULT FOR SPITTING ON
98 YEAR OLD WOMAN
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that a former geriatric nursing assistant of Milford Manor Nursing
Home located at 4204 Milford Mill Road, Baltimore County was
convicted of Second Degree Assault in the District Court,
in connection with an incident that occurred on November 29,
2004. Following a court trial, Judge Robert E. Cahill,
Jr., found that
Nakitta S. McLean, 29, of Eberle Drive in Baltimore had spit
on the 98-year-old female resident to whom she was providing
at the time. The resident, who is wheelchair bound, has a primary
diagnosis of dementia, as well as other age related disorders.
The incident was witnessed and reported by a member of the housekeeping
staff. McLean was suspended at the time of the reported incident
and terminated shortly thereafter. “It is disheartening to
hear about these types of acts committed on vulnerable members
of our society, but I appreciate that a witness came forward to
report this abuse and ultimately helped us prove our case,” said
Attorney General Curran.
McLean was given a 30 day-suspended sentence and placed on six
months of probation. While on probation, she is prohibited from
working with vulnerable adults in the hands on care taking field.
In addition, the Court imposed a fine of $250 and court costs
of $175. As a consequence of her conviction, McLean is subject
administrative sanctions from the state Office of Healthcare
Quality and Board of Nursing.
This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect
of vulnerable persons in facilities that receive Medicaid funds.