Caregiver sentenced for hitting disabled man

BALTIMORE, Md. - A caregiver for disabled adults in Baltimore County was sentenced jail for assaulting a patient in his care.

Ronald G. Barnes, 54, of Lochearn got five years with all but 90 days suspended in the Baltimore County Detention Center. The sentence stems from an incident in December 2012 when Barnes, a driver for a non-profit that cares for individuals with disabilities, took a 63-year old vulnerable adult to a doctor’s appointment.

Employees at the Owings Mills office saw Barnes verbally and physically assault the man including hitting him on the arms and head. Concerned staff contacted the man’s employer which led to an investigation by Baltimore County police and the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Unit.

“Although the victim showed no permanent signs of injury, that does not excuse the caregiver’s abusive actions,” said Attorney General Gansler. “All people deserve to be treated humanely and with respect. This incident almost defies belief in that the physical and verbal abuse took place in plain sight of others in, of all places, a doctor’s office.”

When he gets out of jail Barnes will be put on supervised probation for three years. He will not be able to have contact with disabled persons or vulnerable adults. 

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