A former adult male caregiver recently pleaded guilty to three counts of neglecting vulnerable adults, according to WJZ-13 News. The caregiver admitted to leaving three severely disabled men sitting in a locked car in a diner parking lot while he ate lunch.
Patrons at the diner contacted police when they realized that the three men had been left in the closed car and that the temperature outdoors was near 75 degrees. Although none of the three men could speak, all appeared to police to be in distress: all three were sweating profusely, and one was banging his head against the closed car window.
The caregiver did not think leaving the men in the car would be a problem. He left them there because he says they would have been uncomfortable in the diner, which was crowded and busy. He said the head-banging behavior was normal for the men. At his court hearing, the caregiver said that he had cared for the men for eight years and that the incident had been blown out of proportion.
Neglect of a vulnerable adult that results in death, injury, or sexual abuse is a felony in Maryland. A person convicted of neglect of a vulnerable adult faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
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