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AG Gansler: Caregiver Indicted for Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult
Catonsville woman went shopping, left disabled victim in locked car on hot day

Baltimore, MD (January 15, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Latia L. Matthews, 23, of Catonsville, was indicted by the Baltimore County Grand Jury on one count each of abuse of a vulnerable adult, neglect of a vulnerable adult, and reckless endangerment.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred July 28, 2013 at the Westview Mall parking lot in Catonsville. At the time, Ms. Matthews was employed by Progress Unlimited Incorporated, an agency that provides residential and medical day care services for adults with developmental disabilities. It is alleged that Matthews, who was responsible for maintaining direct supervision of the 22-year-old disabled female victim, left the victim in a locked vehicle with very little ventilation in the parking lot of the mall while she and a companion went shopping. The victim was incapable of independently getting out of the vehicle on a day when the temperature was in the 80s.

Each of the charges is a misdemeanor carrying potential sentences of five years' incarceration and a $5,000 fine. Arraignment is scheduled for February 5. A criminal indictment is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until the State proves the individual guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

   

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