Caregiver indicted for abuse of a vulnerable adult

CATONSVILLE, Md. - A 23-year-old Catonsville woman was indicted Friday on charges of leaving a vulnerable adult locked in a vehicle with little ventilation on a hot day while she went shopping.

Attorney General Doug Gansler said Latia L. Matthews was indicted by the Baltimore County grand jury on one count each of abuse of a vulnerable adult, neglect of a vulnerable adult and reckless endangerment.

According to the attorney general's office, the charges stem from a July 28, 2013 incident at the Westview Mall parking lot in Catonsville.

At the time of the incident, Matthews worked for Progress Unlimited Inc., an agency that provides residential and medical day care services for adults with developmental disabilities. Gansler alleges that Matthews left the 22-year-old disabled female victim locked in the vehicle and unable to independently get out on a day when the temperature was in the 80s.

Matthews is facing up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine for the misdemeanor charges.

Each of the charges is a misdemeanor carrying potential sentences of five years' incarceration and a $5,000 fine. Arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 5.

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