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For Immediate Release

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

Baltimore Co. Caregiver Convicted of Abusing Vulnerable Adult
Victim resisted forced administration of unauthorized medicine


Baltimore, MD ( Oct. 5, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Musa N. Agroh, 34, of Owings Mills has been found guilty of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree. Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Michael Finifter accepted the guilty plea and sentenced the defendant to 18 months incarceration, all of which was suspended. Agroh received the maximum of five years probation. As part of her probation, the defendant must perform 80 hours of community service in the next 120 days. Additionally, she is prohibited from supervising vulnerable adults for five years.

"The abuse of a vulnerable individual is a tragic violation of trust," said Attorney General Gansler. "When placed in the hands of others, vulnerable group home residents and their families have the right to expect nothing less than professional treatment, compassionate care and comfort."

Ms. Agroh was a caregiver and licensed medication technician in a group home operated by United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland located on Rockdale Terrace in the Milford Mill area. The 64-year-old vulnerable adult victim is non-verbal, confined to a wheelchair and totally dependent on her caregivers for feeding, medication, personal care and movement within the household.

On May 16, 2011, video surveillance captured Agroh forcing the victim to take an unauthorized medication. When the victim repeatedly spit out the unidentified medication, Agroh squeezed the victim's mouth open, and then covered the victim's nose and mouth with her hands and a cloth in an effort to overcome the will of the victim. A resident has a right to refuse medication. A few hours later, the video showed Agroh grabbing the victim by her paralyzed and contracted arms, jerking her forcefully to an upright position, and roughly transferring her to a bedside chair. No physical injury resulted from either incident.

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


   

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