AG Gansler: Baltimore Co. Caregiver Convicted and Sentenced for Abuse
City resident assaulted disabled man in Timonium facility
Baltimore, MD ( July 18, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Nnamdi Adiegwu, 37, of Baltimore, was convicted of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Judge Justin J. King sentenced the defendant to 364 days in jail, all of which was suspended. Adiegwu will be on probation for the next year and cannot be employed in any capacity with vulnerable adults.
"Vulnerable Marylanders and their families expect and deserve professional and considerate care from all employees at such facilities," said Attorney General Gansler. "In this case, we appreciate that one such employee was on duty and the incident was promptly reported to police."
Attorney General Gansler's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) had charged Adiegwu following an incident that occurred in a residence on Purlington Road in Timonium operated by Chimes, Inc., a not-for-profit provider of community services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Adiegwu was employed as a Residential Program Technician at the facility where he assaulted a 52-year old disabled man under his care in late September 2012.
The assault was reported by a new employee during his first night at the residence. The employee reported that the agitated defendant had shoved the victim back into his room and later returned to the room with a kitchen spatula. Using a cell phone, the employee recorded a slapping noise and the victim audibly reacting to the assault. He reported the assault to the supervisors at Chimes who in turn contacted Baltimore County Police.
Adiegwu admitted to police that he had struck the resident on his leg and foot, expressing remorse for his actions. He completed an anger management program prior to coming to court to plead guilty.
In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Stephen Roscher and Investigator Dean Brewer, both of the MFCU, and the Baltimore County Police, for their work on the case.