Nurse's aide gets suspended term in abuse case


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.

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