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By Jonathan Bor | December 31, 1991
The state attorney general's office has obtained two indictments and filed charges against a third person for allegedly abusing residents of three separate health care facilities, officials with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced yesterday.While two of the cases involve employees who allegedly attacked patients under their care, a third charges a 78-year-old nursing home resident with trying to sexually assault an 84-year-old man who also lived at the home.The indictment against Jack T. Davis, a resident of the Northwest Nursing Home in Pimlico, marked the first time the attorney general's office has prosecuted a patient under a 2 1/2 -year-old statute that carves out criminal penalties for people who abuse or neglect "vulnerable adults" in nursing homes, hospitals and other health care institutions.
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August 10, 2014
I am saddened and appalled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's priorities, as expressed on the front page of The Baltimore Sun Wednesday morning ( "Next stop: A more attractive ride," Aug. 6). Perhaps she cares about the citizens of her city, but one would not know it by this article. There are little children, families and vulnerable adults living in these neighborhoods where the houses are falling down or boarded up. The view of Baltimore that Amtrak passengers are seeing is, in too many cases, sadly accurate.
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NEWS
August 10, 2014
I am saddened and appalled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's priorities, as expressed on the front page of The Baltimore Sun Wednesday morning ( "Next stop: A more attractive ride," Aug. 6). Perhaps she cares about the citizens of her city, but one would not know it by this article. There are little children, families and vulnerable adults living in these neighborhoods where the houses are falling down or boarded up. The view of Baltimore that Amtrak passengers are seeing is, in too many cases, sadly accurate.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
Anne Arundel County police say a 50-year-old Glen Burnie man has been charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult based on allegations he inappropriately touched a 21-year-old man. Police say on Monday they were called to Opportunity Builders, at 8855 Veterans Highway in Millersville, for a report of vulnerable adult abuse. A 21-year-old diagnosed with autism said he was sexually abused by a staff member sometime between May 15 and June 15. The man told detectives the staff member touched him sexually while he was using a bathroom at the center.
NEWS
June 15, 2012
June 15 marks the sixth annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, established to shed light on the abuse of elderly adults, a problem that is still not widely recognized but has become a concern in communities across the nation. Elder abuse includes physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as neglect and exploitation. With a Baby Boomer population of more than 75 million now entering their retirement years, this problem will soon be one many families must confront. One in 10 adults over the age of 65 have experienced some form of elder abuse.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1996
Investigator Joseph Bostwick spent nearly a year tracking a drunken Catonsville nursing home aide who attacked a schizophrenic man and an elderly retarded woman during her shift.Bostwick gained access to the aide's home and passed out his business card in her neighborhood in an attempt to locate her. After her arrest, he gave prosecutors enough evidence to win a conviction and 18-month jail sentence without testimony from either victim."These people really are vulnerable. It's time for us to protect them," said Bostwick, 49, a former Baltimore County police officer and now the sole investigator of elderly abuse for the state attorney general's office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
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By Brian Sullam | November 7, 1991
A Lutherville physician who had been responsible for more than 300 nursing home patients has been indicted and charged with criminal neglect of six patients at the former Poplar Manor Nursing Home.Dr. Mark Davis, 40, becomes the first person to be charged with neglect under a new state law designed to protect "vulnerable adults" from abuse as vigorously as children, the state attorney general's office said yesterday in announcing the indictments. The 1989 law makes the willful deprivation of medical care, food, clothing and therapy a crime if the victim is in a nursing home, group home or other facility offering care.
NEWS
January 31, 2011
Anyone who intentionally withholds food from an elderly or disabled person in their care, or leaves them unprotected from the elements, can be prosecuted under Maryland law for neglect of a vulnerable adult. A pet owner who shirks responsibility for feeding and caring for an animal can likewise be hauled into court on criminal charges. But a parent who deliberately and repeatedly neglects the basic physical needs of his or her child faces no such threat of penalty — because Maryland is the only state in the union in which child neglect is not a crime.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Baltimore's City Council voted unanimously Monday to ban employers from asking about an applicant's criminal record until after a job interview  - a sweeping requirement that supporters say will make it easier for ex-convicts to get jobs. But some businesses have objected to the proposed law, arguing it would cost employers time and money spent on job candidates who aren't appropriate employees. The council amended the bill to exempt "facilities servicing minors or vulnerable adults" to address concerns that, for instance, employers would not be able to screen out sex offenders seeking jobs at day care centers.
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By Dail Willis and Andrea F. Siegel and Dail Willis and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Caitlin Francke contributed to this article | May 18, 1998
Marion V. Cusimano's was a grotesque case of elderly abuse: crippled by multiple sclerosis, she died of neglect and starvation. Her body remained a year in the back bedroom of the Essex home she owned.National and local experts point to many other cases, ranging from the hurtful to the horrific. An elderly man left unattended in the same bed with his dead wife. A mother battered by her alcoholic son. A 71-year-old woman left in bed for so long that her bedsores became infested with maggots.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Baltimore's City Council voted unanimously Monday to ban employers from asking about an applicant's criminal record until after a job interview  - a sweeping requirement that supporters say will make it easier for ex-convicts to get jobs. But some businesses have objected to the proposed law, arguing it would cost employers time and money spent on job candidates who aren't appropriate employees. The council amended the bill to exempt "facilities servicing minors or vulnerable adults" to address concerns that, for instance, employers would not be able to screen out sex offenders seeking jobs at day care centers.
NEWS
June 15, 2012
June 15 marks the sixth annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, established to shed light on the abuse of elderly adults, a problem that is still not widely recognized but has become a concern in communities across the nation. Elder abuse includes physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as neglect and exploitation. With a Baby Boomer population of more than 75 million now entering their retirement years, this problem will soon be one many families must confront. One in 10 adults over the age of 65 have experienced some form of elder abuse.
EXPLORE
April 8, 2012
A 21-year-old mentally disabled man who was reported missing from his home Saturday morning has been found in Pennsylvania. It's unclear when Adam Stewart Walter was found, but Maryland State Police from the Bel Air Barrack said in a press release Sunday Walter was found in Pennsylvania unharmed and he was being returned to his Harford home. Around 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Earlynda Anderson notified Maryland State Police troopers at the Bel Air Barrack that her son, Walter, was missing.
NEWS
January 31, 2011
Anyone who intentionally withholds food from an elderly or disabled person in their care, or leaves them unprotected from the elements, can be prosecuted under Maryland law for neglect of a vulnerable adult. A pet owner who shirks responsibility for feeding and caring for an animal can likewise be hauled into court on criminal charges. But a parent who deliberately and repeatedly neglects the basic physical needs of his or her child faces no such threat of penalty — because Maryland is the only state in the union in which child neglect is not a crime.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | November 17, 2009
Two Baltimore sisters charged in the death of their paraplegic mother pleaded guilty to first-degree vulnerable adult abuse in Baltimore City Circuit Court on Monday. Tia Sewell, 27, and Sharon Jones, 26, face up to six years in prison under the plea agreement. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 28. Their mother was 40-year-old April Montford. Paramedics discovered Ford Feb. 29, 2008, after being called to her house in the 400 block of W. Franklin St. According to court records, police said Montford, who was paralyzed from a 1985 gunshot wound, was lying on bedsheets that had been unchanged for years.
NEWS
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1999
When Patricia Thomas goes on trial today, Baltimore County prosecutors hope to convince a judge that she intentionally killed Marion V. Cusimano, an elderly invalid whose body lay for more than a year in Thomas' home in Essex.Thomas, 51, is charged with first-degree murder, abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult and two counts of theft in the wake of Cusimano's death, from what the state medical examiner described as "neglect and malnutrition."The charges highlight what advocates for the elderly say is a growing problem -- abuse of the elderly.
EXPLORE
April 8, 2012
A 21-year-old mentally disabled man who was reported missing from his home Saturday morning has been found in Pennsylvania. It's unclear when Adam Stewart Walter was found, but Maryland State Police from the Bel Air Barrack said in a press release Sunday Walter was found in Pennsylvania unharmed and he was being returned to his Harford home. Around 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Earlynda Anderson notified Maryland State Police troopers at the Bel Air Barrack that her son, Walter, was missing.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
Anne Arundel County police say a 50-year-old Glen Burnie man has been charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult based on allegations he inappropriately touched a 21-year-old man. Police say on Monday they were called to Opportunity Builders, at 8855 Veterans Highway in Millersville, for a report of vulnerable adult abuse. A 21-year-old diagnosed with autism said he was sexually abused by a staff member sometime between May 15 and June 15. The man told detectives the staff member touched him sexually while he was using a bathroom at the center.
NEWS
By Dail Willis and Andrea F. Siegel and Dail Willis and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Caitlin Francke contributed to this article | May 18, 1998
Marion V. Cusimano's was a grotesque case of elderly abuse: crippled by multiple sclerosis, she died of neglect and starvation. Her body remained a year in the back bedroom of the Essex home she owned.National and local experts point to many other cases, ranging from the hurtful to the horrific. An elderly man left unattended in the same bed with his dead wife. A mother battered by her alcoholic son. A 71-year-old woman left in bed for so long that her bedsores became infested with maggots.
NEWS
By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1996
Investigator Joseph Bostwick spent nearly a year tracking a drunken Catonsville nursing home aide who attacked a schizophrenic man and an elderly retarded woman during her shift.Bostwick gained access to the aide's home and passed out his business card in her neighborhood in an attempt to locate her. After her arrest, he gave prosecutors enough evidence to win a conviction and 18-month jail sentence without testimony from either victim."These people really are vulnerable. It's time for us to protect them," said Bostwick, 49, a former Baltimore County police officer and now the sole investigator of elderly abuse for the state attorney general's office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
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