Eastern Shore Caregiver Charged with Neglect of Vulnerable
BALTIMORE, MD (June 11, 2008) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
announced today that former awake overnight caregiver, Renald Nelo
Orneus was charged by Criminal Information in the Circuit Court
of Wicomico County with one count of Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult
for leaving a developmentally disabled individual who was in his
care alone and unattended from the evening of September 5, 2007
through the early morning of September 6, 2007.
Orneus, of the 700 block of Division Street in Salisbury, was
charged with intentionally failing to provide the necessary assistance
and resources for a developmentally disabled individual who resided
in a group home run by Bay Shore Services, Inc. in Wicomico County.
Bay Shore Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization designed to
enable people with disabilities be independent in their community.
Neglect of a Vulnerable
Adult is a misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison
and a $5,000 fine. A Criminal Information
is merely an allegation of criminal conduct and all persons are
considered innocent unless they are proven guilty. An arraignment
is scheduled in Wicomico County Circuit Court for June 13, 2008.
This case is being prosecuted by Attorney General Gansler’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, based upon a referral from the Maryland
Board of Nursing.