Woman files suit accusing state and Carroll County of not helping her daughter


On the second anniversary of her daughter's death, the mother of a mentally disabled woman filed a $1 million lawsuit against the state and Carroll County officials for allegedly failing to help Theresa Lynn "Terrie" Mullinix, who was killed wandering down Route 140.

Shirley Mullinix of the 100 block of Kenan St., Taneytown, said in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed in Carroll Circuit Court that her daughter had cerebral palsy, mental retardation, major depression and a schizoid personality disorder.

The 23-year-old woman died at the scene the evening of Jan. 19, 1996, when she was hit by a pickup truck while walking east of Taneytown near Route 832. The driver was not charged.

Named as defendants on one count of negligence are the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Developmental Disabilities Administration, and the Carroll County Department of Social Services' Adult Protective Services. Mullinix's doctors and mental-health professionals allegedly told representatives of these agencies that Theresa needed governmentally provided supervised living arrangements.

In October 1995, according to the lawsuit, the defendants were told that Mullinix could not manage her money, was being subjected to sexual abuse on the streets, and often wandered "down the middle of the street near the center line, apparently unaware and unconcerned about the traffic that seems to get in her way."

Interim emergency officials named at Brethren center

Bob and Marianne Rhoades Pittman have been named interim managers for Emergency Response/Service Ministries at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor.

Both retired educators are certified project directors with field experience, including relief work in Florida after Hurricane Andrew and for Habitat for Humanity, a group that builds homes for the needy.

The couple will serve through June, taking over the job from D. Miller Davis, who retired last month.

Stanley Noffsinger, who serves as moderator for the Western Plains District in Kansas, will become the permanent manager June 15. Until then, he will continue to manage two medical clinics and serve as physician placement coordinator for 11 locations in southern Kansas.

Emergency Response/Service Ministries includes the disaster response and refugee resettlement programs and the material resource operation for the Church of the Brethren.


Pleasant Valley: Firefighters responded at 1: 38 p.m. Wednesday to a fire alarm in the 300 block of John Owings Road. Units were out 42 minutes.

Pub Date: 1/22/99

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