December 6, 2006
BALTIMORE COUNTY CAREGIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO NEGLECT
OF A VULNERABLE ADULT
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Davita Jacobs, 22, of Warren Park Drive in Baltimore, a former
employee at an alternative living unit, Progress Unlimited, Inc.,
plead guilty in District Court for Baltimore County to one count
of second degree neglect of a vulnerable adult. Judge Edward P.
Murphy imposed a sentence of probation before judgment and placed
Ms. Jacobs on 18 months of probation with the special condition
that she refrain from working or participating in the hands-on
care field of vulnerable adults. Progress Unlimited Inc. serves
individuals with developmental disabilities.
The incident that Jacobs was convicted of occurred on January
4, 2006. Jacobs was the full time awake overnight staff member
at the facility located at 83 Chase Mill Circle in Owings Mills.
She was on duty from approximately 11:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. and
responsible for the care and supervision of three severely impaired
residents who were not to be left unattended under any circumstances.
One of the three residents awoke at approximately 2:00 a.m. and
could not find Jacobs anywhere in the home. The resident has mental
retardation, suffers from bipolar disorder and has a history of
elopement from the facility. The victim called her family who in
turn notified the program manager. The manager of the facility
was subsequently on the phone with the resident when Jacobs returned
and acknowledged that contrary to policy and her training she had
left the facility.
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.