A former nurse's aide at an Ellicott City nursing home has been given a suspended prison term for punching a 72-year-old man she was caring for in September 1992.
Hope Vaughn, 27, of Baltimore, was convicted in Howard District Court on Friday of one count of abusing a vulnerable adult for the incident at the Bon Secours Extended Care Facility.
Judge Lenore Gelfman gave Ms. Vaughn an 18-month suspended prison term and ordered her to pay a $200 fine. Ms. Vaughn also must complete an 18-month period of supervised probation.
Ms. Vaughn was accused of giving the incapacitated man a black eye during an altercation in which she punched him several times. She was fired after the incident.
Abuse of a vulnerable adult, which is a misdemeanor, carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.