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Caregiver arrested for abusing disabled man in Columbia group home

Video of abuse surfaced on YouTube

By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

2:06 PM EST, February 4, 2013

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A 57-year-old Randallstown woman has been arrested after video of her abusing an intellectually disabled man in her care at a Columbia group home surfaced online, according to Howard County Police.

Donna Everett, of the 9900 block of Cervidae Lane, was arrested after her employer, Emerge, Inc., brought the video to the attention of police after discovering it on the website YouTube, police said.

Everett, a house manager at the home in the 6500 block of Quilting Way in Columbia, "can be seen striking the man in the head, face and neck, and spitting in the man's face," police said.

Everett is also "seen and heard taunting and encouraging a female resident with disabilities to assist in the abuse of the man," police said.

Police have charged Everett with multiple counts of assault for allegedly abusing the 53-year-old disabled man and with endangering the 41-year-old disabled woman, police said.

Police are working to identify other people in the video. Those recording it can be heard laughing, police said.

Everett posted a $100,000 bond and has been released from the Howard County Detention Center, police said.

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