Donte L. Spriggs placed on probation for pinching nursing facility resident

1:07 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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BALTIMORE (WUSA9) -- Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler says a an activity aide at a nursing care facility in Maryland was convicted after pinching a resident in his care.

Gansler says Donte L. Spriggs of Baltimore was convicted of abuse of a vulnerable adult in the second degree in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City after entering a guilty plea. Spriggs was placed on two years' probation, and cannot work in any position that includes the supervision of vulnerable adults during that time, according to Gansler.

The charges stem from an incident on July 7, 2012 at the Maryland Baptist Aged Home, Inc. on Rayner Avenue in Baltimore. Authorities say Spriggs directed a 53-year-old man, who is legally considered a vulnerable adult because of a disability, to sit in a chair because the man had been "acting in an agitated manner," according to Gansler. When the man sat down, Spriggs pinched the man on the chest with both hands, causing pain and redness to his skin, says Gansler.  Other employees witnessed the incident and reported it to a supervisor at the facility. The supervisor then reported it to the police, says Gansler.

Later, Spriggs admitted to a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigator that he had pinched the man and expressed remorse for his actions, according to Gansler.

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