Woodlawn caregiver pleads guilty to neglecting man with disabilities

BALTIMORE, Md: - A Woodlawn man pleaded guilty to one count of neglect Monday for drinking alcohol while watching a man with developmental disabilities.

Duriel Maurice Briggs, 34, could face a maximum of five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines for the misdemeanor. 

Briggs was a caregiver at  Creative Options Inc., an organization that provides supportive services to Maryland citizens with disabilities.

Briggs was responsible for the care and supervision of a 23-year-old man with developmental disabilities who needed 24-hour supervision and resided in a group home in Randallstown operated by Creative Options.

On June 30, 2013, Briggs, after consuming a considerable amount of alcohol, drove the victim to several destinations and ultimately to  his own apartment. Briggs left the young man alone in the van, went into his apartment and passed out.

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%; the minimum level for driving under the influence in Maryland is .08%.

Sentencing is set for May 5 in the Baltimore County Circuit Court.

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