AG Gansler: Baltimore Caregiver Charged with Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult
Assault alleged to have occurred in a Timonium group home
Baltimore, MD ( May 9, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Nnamdi Adiegwu, 37, of Baltimore, has been charged by way of a criminal information in the Baltimore County Circuit Court with one count each of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree and Assault in the Second Degree.
It is alleged that on the evening of September 28, 2012, Adiegwu physically assaulted a 52-year-old disabled man who was in his care at a group home in the 200 block of Purlington Road in Timonium. A co-worker reported that he witnessed Adiegwu pushing the victim and later smacking him with a kitchen spatula. The case is scheduled for trial on July 17.
Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of five years incarceration and/or a fine of up to $5,000. Assault in the Second Degree is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years incarceration and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
A criminal information is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent unless and until the State proves the individual guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office.