December 21, 2005
FORMER HOUSE MANAGER FOR DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED
PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULT
J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced that Phyllis Fakuade, 41, a former
house manager at a group home for developmentally
disabled individuals run by Netcon & Earthkins, Inc. pled guilty
to assault in connection with a June 24, 2004 incident in which
she 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. Baltimore County District Court Jan Alexander granted Fakuade
probation before judgment and placed her on one year probation.
One of the
homes under Fakuade’s care was located at1913
Brookdale Road. During the afternoon of June 24, 2004, Fakuade
was called to the house because Stephanie M., a 24-year old developmentally
disabled resident of the group home, had gotten out of control.
Fakuade arrived about 1.5 hours later and by that time Stephanie
had calmed down. On her way to the house, Fakuade stopped to buy
ice cream for the other residents of the home. Upon her arrival,
Fakuade told Stephanie that she could not have the ice cream because
of her bad behavior and Stephanie became agitated again. Fakuade
took Stephanie and placed her face down on the floor. Fakuade then
put her knee in Stephanie ’s back and pulled up on Stephanie’s
arms, one of which is deformed, causing pain to Stephanie. The
defendant remained on top of Stephanie with her knee in her back.
The case was
prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has the authority to prosecute abuse
or neglect of vulnerable adults in Medicaid-funded facilities.