Assisted Living Facility Employee Charged with Neglect of Vulnerable Adults
Worker was inebriated, incapable of providing medical assistance to resident
MD ( Nov. 10, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Shirley Ann Caslin, 47, of Nottingham, was arrested after being indicted by the Grand Jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County with five counts of Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree.
The charges arise out of a September 9, 2011 incident at an assisted living facility in the 900 block of N. Marlyn Avenue in Essex , which housed five vulnerable adults ranging from 67 to 87 years of age. It is alleged that Caslin, who was employed as a caretaker of these adults, initially could not be located at the facility when one of the residents was experiencing serious medical problems. When Caslin eventually was found, she appeared to be extremely intoxicated and was unable to lend assistance to the ill patient.
Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult is a misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000.00 fine for each offense. The case was investigated by the Baltimore County Police and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General with assistance from the Maryland State Police. An arraignment date is pending.
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.