Baltimore County Caregiver Indicted for Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult
Disabled 28-year-old victim suffered multiple injuries
Baltimore, MD ( Dec. 13, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Solomon Oscar Ankrah, a.k.a. Ali Aminu, 31, of Windsor Mill, was indicted by the Baltimore County grand jury on four criminal counts. The charges result from an incident that occurred October 22 in a Greenspring Valley Road residential facility operated by Living Sans Frontieres, an agency that assists vulnerable adults.
Ankrah is charged with one felony and one misdemeanor count of abuse of a vulnerable adult, plus one felony and one misdemeanor count of assault. The felony abuse charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years incarceration, while the felony assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years.
It is alleged that Ankrah, who was employed as a caretaker of the 28-year-old disabled male victim, physically assaulted the resident following an argument over cleaning his room. As a result of the incident, the vulnerable adult suffered multiple injuries to his neck and face, including lacerations, bruising, petechial hemorrhaging and extreme swelling to his left eye. The victim was also strangled to a level that resulted in a brief loss of consciousness.
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.