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For Immediate Release

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Baltimore Co. Woman Guilty of Second Degree Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult
Caretaker was intoxicated, unable to help severely ill resident

Baltimore, MD (March 16, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Shirley Ann Caslin, 48, of Nottingham, was convicted in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County of one count of Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge, which stemmed from an incident that took place on September 9, 2011, at an assisted living facility on North Marlyn Avenue in Essex.

"The irresponsible actions of this employee endangered the health and safety of the residents she was supposed to be looking after," said Attorney General Gansler. "We should not have to worry about whether people entrusted to provide quality care for our family and friends in assisted living facilities are sober while on the job."

Ms. Caslin, the overnight caregiver for five elderly vulnerable adults, was apparently intoxicated while she was supposed to be supervising the residents in the facility. One of the residents, an 82-year-old man with physical and cognitive ailments, became ill. When the defendant did not come to his assistance, another resident called the elderly victim's daughter informing her of the situation. The daughter immediately responded to the facility and found her father in severe physical distress. The defendant appeared to be in such an intoxicated state that she was unable to stand without support and unable to call 911 for assistance.

Sentencing is scheduled to take place on May 22. Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Attorney General Gansler wishes to thank Assistant Attorney General Stephen Roscher, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Investigator Dean Brewer, the Baltimore County Police Department and Maryland State Police for their work on this case.


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