Caregivers charged with neglect of adult

Disabled woman was left in van at shopping mall

September 03, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two former caregivers were charged Wednesday with neglect of a vulnerable adult and reckless endangerment after a developmentally disabled woman was left alone in a van at a Baltimore County shopping mall, the Maryland attorney general's office said yesterday.

Latosha Nicole Brooks, 21, of the 3800 block of Bonview Ave. in Baltimore and Terri Sha-Nae Lee, 21, of the 3200 block of Lawnview Ave. in Baltimore, were arrested June 29 outside Nordstrom's at Towson Town Center on suspicion of shoplifting while the woman was alone in the van, the attorney general's office said.

While the women were inside the mall, another shopper saw the woman alone in the parked van and notified police, who later learned that the two women were her caregivers, the attorney general's office said.

The women worked for Chimes Inc. of Baltimore, a charity that employs mentally disabled workers. In a statement released yesterday, Chimes said that when it learned of the incident it immediately made arrangements for Chimes staff to pick up the resident and contacted state and county authorities the next day. The two caregivers were fired, the statement said.

Brooks and Lee were charged in Baltimore County Circuit Court. The charges are both misdemeanors, and a conviction on each carries a possible sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, according to the attorney general's office. No trial date has been scheduled.

A trial on the theft charges is scheduled for Nov. 30 in Baltimore County District Court, the attorney general's office said.

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