AG Gansler: Caregiver Pleads Guilty to Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult
Woodlawn man got intoxicated, left developmentally disabled passenger in car
Baltimore, MD (April 21, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Duriel Maurice Briggs, 34, of Woodlawn, pleaded guilty to one count of Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree for an incident that occurred last summer in Woodlawn. At the time, Mr. Briggs was a caregiver employed by Creative Options Inc., an organization that provides supportive services to Maryland citizens with disabilities. Briggs was responsible for the care and supervision of a 23-year-old man with developmental disabilities who needed 24-hour supervision and resided in a group home in Randallstown operated by Creative Options.
"Drinking alcohol while on the job and behind the wheel is bad enough, but it's unforgiveable when you're responsible for another person's care," said Attorney General Gansler. "The result could have been far worse and it's fortunate that no one was seriously injured."
On June 30, 2013, Briggs, after consuming a considerable amount of alcohol, drove the victim to several destinations and ultimately to Briggs' own apartment. Briggs left the young man alone in the van, went into his apartment and passed out. About two hours later at 2 a.m., a citizen noticed the victim walking alone in the area and provided a cell phone for the victim to notify local police. When Briggs' alcohol level was tested 12 hours later, it was .10%; the minimum level for driving under the influence in Maryland is .08%.
Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum of five years' incarceration and up to $5,000 in fines. Sentencing is set for May 5 in the Baltimore County Circuit Court.