Reisterstown Caretaker Charged with Abusing Vulnerable Adult
Alleged incident occurred at facility near Randallstown
Baltimore, MD (March 8, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced that Olufunke Rachel Anifowose, 36, of Reisterstown, was indicted by the Grand Jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County with multiple counts of abusing and neglecting a vulnerable adult.
The charges arise out of an incident that occurred on February 6, 2011 with a 65-year-old woman, who was a resident at a facility for disabled adults located near Randallstown. Anifowose was indicted on charges of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult in the First and Second Degrees, Assault in the First Degree, and Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree.
Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult in the First Degree is a felony carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine. Assault in the First Degree is a felony and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Abuse or Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree are both misdemeanors with the possibility of 5 years imprisonment and $5,000.00 in fines for each offense.
The case was investigated by the Baltimore County Police Department and the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the assistance of 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.