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For Immediate Release

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David Paulson, 410-576-6357
dpaulson@oag.state.md.us

Baltimore County Caregiver Charged with Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult

BALTIMORE, MD ( Sept. 22, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Angel Luyanda, a Baltimore City resident, was indicted by the Grand Jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County on one count of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree, one count of Assault in the Second Degree and one count of Interference of the Rights of Individuals. 

The charges stem from an alleged assault that occurred in Honeygo Park in the White Marsh area of Baltimore County on August 20, 2010.  The victim was a vulnerable adult who was a client of Chimes, Inc., an organization that assists citizens with developmental disabilities and other special needs.  Luyanda, 48, was serving as an employee who was helping the 26-year-old victim at the time of the incident.

Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult is a misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The second degree assault charge, also a misdemeanor, carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine.  Interference with the rights of an individual is a misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.  The case was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit based on a referral from the Baltimore County Police Department.  Arraignment is scheduled for October 18 in the Baltimore County Circuit Court.

A criminal indictment is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and a defendant is presumed innocent until the State proves the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 

   

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