February 16, 2006
FORMER NURSING ASSISTANT CHARGED WITH ABUSING A VULNERABLE
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that a former geriatric nursing assistant at Chester River Manor,
located in Chestertown was charged in the Circuit Court for Kent
County with one count of second degree abuse of a vulnerable adult,
one count of second degree neglect of a vulnerable adult, and one
count of second degree assault in connection with an incident that
occurred on February 5, 2005. Donishia Wilson, 22, of Potts Road
in Worton, MD was charged by criminal information. It is alleged
that the incident occurred while she was on duty and responsible
for the care of the victim, who is a resident of Chester River
Second degree abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult is a misdemeanor
carrying a maximum of five years in jail and/or a fine of $5,000.00.
Second degree assault is a misdemeanor and carries a maximum of
10 years in jail and/or a fine of $2,500. A criminal information
is an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven
guilty. An arraignment is scheduled for March 10.
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.