Baltimore County Caregiver Convicted of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult
Victim not injured in assault that took place at Randallstown nursing home
Baltimore, MD (Oct. 31, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Raphael N. Asinyang, 43, of Randallstown, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County to Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree. Judge Kathleen G. Cox imposed a sentence of one-year incarceration -- all of which was suspended -- placed the defendant on one year of supervised probation and prohibited him from working as a caregiver for the elderly.
"Caregivers who abuse the residents they are supposed to protect and watch over violate the public's trust in them," said Attorney General Gansler. "We're thankful that an eyewitness reported this incident, leading to a conviction that will prevent the defendant from mistreating any more vulnerable adults.
The conviction stems from an incident that occurred on November 7, 2012. The defendant was employed as a nursing assistant at the Mid-Atlantic of Chapel Hill Nursing Center in Randallstown. The mother of another resident at the facility was walking by the room of an 84-year-old male resident when she saw Asinyang hit the elderly man in the head with the butt of his hand. Because Asinyang's actions appeared to her to be assaultive, she immediately confronted the defendant about what she had witnessed and then reported the incident to administrators at the facility. The victim did not suffer any visible injury.
The nursing home administrator notified the police, who investigated the matter, along with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General.
Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree carries a sentence of up to five years of incarceration and a $5,000.00 fine. Attorney General Gansler wishes to thank Assistant Attorney General Stephen Roscher, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Investigator Dean Brewer and the Baltimore County Police Department for their work on this case.