County Resident Counselor Charged with Abuse
of a Vulnerable Adult
MD ( April 16, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today that Damion Javier Kennedy, 41,
of the 3900 block of Noyes Circle in Randallstown, was indicted
by a Baltimore County Circuit Court grand jury on one count
of first degree abuse of a vulnerable adult, one count of second
degree abuse of a vulnerable adult and one count of second
degree assault. Kennedy, a resident counselor at a home for
the developmentally disabled in Baltimore County, allegedly
threw a resident into furniture. As a result of his injuries,
the resident was hospitalized for nine days.
First degree abuse of a vulnerable adult is a felony punishable
by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. Second degree
abuse of a vulnerable adult is a misdemeanor punishable by up to
five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. Second degree assault
is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or
a $2,500 fine.
The case was investigated
by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit. Criminal charges are but an accusation of wrongdoing,
and an individual is presumed innocent unless the State proves
him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. An arraignment is scheduled
for May 25, 2010 in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.