August 16, 2006
FREDERICK COUNTY CAREGIVER FOUND GUILTY OF
NEGLECT OF A VULNERABLE ADULT
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Ever A. Delcid, a former house counselor at United Cerebral
Palsy of Frederick was found guilty of neglect of a vulnerable
adult for leaving three developmentally disabled men alone and
unattended on two separate evenings while Delcid went to work at
Frederick County District Court Judge Janice Rodnick Ambrose sentenced
Delcid to three years incarceration, suspended, and placed Delcid
on two years probation, one year supervised, one year unsupervised.
The Judge also ordered that Delcid perform 80 hours community service,
pay a $1,000.00 fine, suspending $499.50 of the fine, and ordered
that Delcid not provide direct hands-on-care to a vulnerable adult
for a period of three years.
According to the statement of facts, on September
19 and 20, 2005, Delcid, 20, of the 2100 block of Collingwood
Lane in Frederick,
Maryland was paid to provide care to three developmentally disabled
men who also suffer from Cerebral Palsy as well as other medical
issues. The three men resided in the 6200 block of Fairfax Court
in Frederick. Each man required 24 hour awake-overnight supervision.
On September 19 and 20, the awake overnight caregiver arrived early
for his shift and found that Delcid was not present. On both evenings,
the awake over-night care giver found the three men unharmed in
their beds. The caregiver reported Delcid’s absence after
the second incident. Investigation revealed that Delcid had left
the home on both evenings almost two hours prior to the end of
his shift to go to a second job conducting telephone surveys from
a call center located more than 6 miles away from the home.
The case was prosecuted by Attorney General Curran’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to investigate
abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults in facilities that receive