AG Gansler: Caregiver Sentenced for Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult
Intoxicated Woodlawn man left developmentally disabled client in car
Baltimore, MD (May 8, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Duriel Maurice Briggs, 34, of Woodlawn, was sentenced to one count of Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree for an incident that occurred last summer in Woodlawn. Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Sherrie R. Bailey sentenced Briggs, who had already pleaded guilty, to five years incarceration, all of which was suspended, plus two years supervised probation, pending the completion of a 26-week alcohol abuse program. Judge Bailey also ordered Briggs to abstain from consuming alcohol, banned him from employment as a caregiver to vulnerable adults and instructed a breath alcohol ignition interlock device installed on his vehicle.
"This case shocks the conscious of any compassionate citizen, particularly those who have a vulnerable family member or friend in need of ongoing care," said Attorney General Gansler. "Such reckless abuse has no place in our society and our office will make every effort to protect individuals who require special care."
At the time of the incident, Briggs was a caregiver employed by Creative Options, Inc., an organization that provides supportive services to Marylanders with disabilities. He was responsible for the care of a 23-year-old developmentally disabled man in need of 24-hour supervision. The disabled man lived in a Randallstown group home.
The investigation of the case revealed that on June 30, 2013, Briggs, after consuming a considerable amount of alcohol, drove the victim to several destinations and ultimately to Briggs' own Woodlawn 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 percent. The minimum level for driving under the influence of alcohol in Maryland is .08 percent.
In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Stephen Roscher, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigator Dean Brewer and the Baltimore County Police Department for their hard work in this case.