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For Immediate Release

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Caretaker Charged with Abuse and Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult
Grand Jury issues six-count indictment against Owings Mills woman


Baltimore, MD (April 18, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Ms. Musa N. Agroh, 34, of Owings Mills, has been indicted by the Grand Jury in Baltimore County for the abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult. The victim, a 65-year-old woman, was a resident of a facility for disabled adults in Randallstown that is operated by United Cerebral Palsy for Central Maryland.

The charges arise out of multiple incidents that occurred on May 15 and 16, 2011. The Grand Jury returned an indictment against Agroh for two counts each of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree and Assault in the Second Degree, and one count each for Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree and Reckless Endangerment.

Abuse and Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree are both misdemeanors with potential sentences of five years imprisonment and $5,000 in fines. Assault in the Second Degree is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine. Reckless Endangerment is a misdemeanor with a potential penalty of five years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of Attorney General and the Baltimore County Police Department, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police. A criminal indictment is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the State proves the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

   

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