Elderly Assisted Living Resident Found Dead While
in Her Care
MD (February 3, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas F.
Gansler announced today that Mahindra Singh, 64, of North Potomac,
pled guilty to Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the First Degree
after an elderly resident in her care was found dead in her bed.
Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Louise G. Scrivener sentenced
Singh to five years incarceration with all but 16 months suspended
to be served in home detention. Singh, a former manager of and
registered nurse at Haven Assisted Living Group Home in Chevy Chase,
was also placed on three years supervised probation under the condition
that she not provide care to any vulnerable adult other than her
family members and abstain from direct care employment in assisted
The investigation revealed
that the patient, 87-year old Wanda Beetham, suffered from Alzheimer’s and other physical impairments.
On the evening of April 16, 2006, Beetham fell on a hard marble-tile
floor in the dining room at Haven. Singh heard the fall and found
Beetham on the floor. Singh placed a band-aid over a laceration
above Beetham’s eye and applied ice. Singh did not contact
Beetham’s physician, call 911, or send Beetham to an emergency
room or acute care facility and failed to monitor her throughout
the night. Singh was the only caregiver that evening and throughout
the night. Beetham was found unresponsive in her bed the following
morning and was pronounced dead by paramedics. An autopsy revealed
Beetham had multiple brain bruises and hemorrhaging. According
to the autopsy, head injuries from the fall were the cause of death.
The case was prosecuted
by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) of the Maryland Attorney
General’s Office and was referred
to the Unit by a private citizen and the Board of Nursing. Singh’s
nursing license was revoked in November 2007.