BALTIMORE (WUSA) -- A Maryland woman has been found guilty of abusing a vulnerable adult after burning the victim's face, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced.
Olufunke Rachel Anifowose, 36 of Reisterstown, burned the victim on the left side of her face while she was in bed at the residence for disabled adults operated by the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland. The 64-year-old woman has physical and cognitive disabilities. That same day the victim was transported to her niece's home and spotted the injuries on her aunt's face. When taken to medical treatment it was determined the victim suffered second-degree burns.
Anifowose initially denied causing any harm to the victim and reported that the injury was a scratch.
"Abusive treatment of individuals, especially those who are vulnerable, is appalling and inexcusable," said Attorney General Gansler. "Family members shouldn't have to worry about abuse of their loved ones at the hands of those who are paid to care for them."
The niece reported in a victim impact statement "how her aunt carries physical and emotional scars as a result of the abuse and still awakens in the middle of the night screaming," according to the press release.
Anifowose was sentenced to 18 months in prison, which was later suspended. She now has to serve 18 months probation, during this time she cannot supervise vulnerable adults.