Edgewood Woman Sentenced for Neglect of Vulnerable
Found Guilty of Leaving Two Disabled Women Alone and Unattended
at White Marsh Mall
BALTIMORE, MD (January 8, 2008) - Attorney General Douglas F.
Gansler announced today that April Stevens, 27, of Edgewood was
found guilty of neglect of two vulnerable adults left in her care.
Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John G. Turnbull, II, sentenced
Stevens to two years in jail, all but six days suspended, and two
years probation. The court ordered that as a special condition
of probation, Stevens may not care for vulnerable adults during
the period of her probation.
Stevens, an employee of the Association for Retarded Citizens
(ARC), Northern Chesapeake Region, Harford County, was the sole
caregiver for two developmentally disabled adult women. One of
the women is severely disabled and blind; the other has Downs Syndrome
and a seizure disorder. Because of their medical conditions, the
two women should never be left unsupervised.
On December 8, 2006
at approximately 7:00 p.m., Stevens drove the two women to White
Marsh Mall and parked the ARC’s minivan
in a handicapped space. She then left the two women in the vehicle
while she went shopping at the mall. The outside temperature was
28 degrees that evening. A handicapped citizen who was searching
the parking lot for a handicapped parking space noticed the two
women in the van. After waiting for approximately an hour for the
owner of the van to arrive, the witness contacted mall security
who then called Baltimore County police. After an additional 20
minutes, Stevens exited the mall accompanied by a friend.
The case was prosecuted
by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) of the Maryland Attorney
General’s Office and investigated
by the United States Office of Inspector General, Health and Human
Services Division. In making today’s announcement, Attorney
General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Richard Bardos
for his work on the case.