Nursing Home Aide Convicted for Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult
Baltimore man unlawfully pinched resident
Baltimore, MD (Sept. 5, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Donte L. Spriggs, of Baltimore, was convicted of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Judge Stephen Sfekas accepted Spriggs' guilty plea and entered a disposition of probation before judgment. Spriggs was placed on two years' probation, during which time he is prohibited from being employed in any position that includes the supervision of vulnerable adults.
"It's especially galling that someone responsible for the health and welfare of a vulnerable individual would cause them physical harm," said Attorney General Gansler. "All Marylanders deserve to be treated properly and respectfully, without fear of physical abuse."
The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit filed a criminal information against Spriggs following an incident that occurred on July 7, 2012 at the Maryland Baptist Aged Home, Inc., a nursing care facility located on Rayner Avenue in Baltimore. Spriggs was employed as an activity aide at the facility.
Spriggs directed a 53-year-old male resident, who is legally considered to be a vulnerable adult because of a disability that leaves him unable to provide for his daily needs, to sit in a chair because the resident had been acting in an agitated manner. Once seated, Spriggs pinched the resident on the chest with both hands causing pain and redness to his skin. There was no lawful reason for Spriggs to have made that type of physical contact with the victim. Other employees witnessed the incident and later reported it to a supervisor at the facility, who in turn reported it to the police.
During the course of the investigation, Spriggs admitted to a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigator that he had pinched the resident and expressed remorse for his actions.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Baltimore City Police. In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Stephen Roscher, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Investigator Dean Brewer and the Baltimore City Police for their work on the case.