An Owings Mills woman was sentenced to five years of probation after being found guilty of second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult.
Musa N. Agroh, 34, was sentenced to 18 months of incarceration, all of which were suspended. She received the five years of probation, must perform 80 hours of community service in the next 120 days and cannot supervise vulnerable adults for five years, according to a release from Attorney General Douglas Gansler.
Baltimore County Circuit Judge Michael Finifter accepted Agroh’s guilty plea at a Friday hearing, according to the statement.
“The abuse of a vulnerable individual is a tragic violation of trust,” Gansler said. “When placed in the hands of others, vulnerable group home residents and their families have the right to expect nothing less than professional treatment, compassionate care and comfort.”
Agroh worked at a group home in the Milford Mill area operated by Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland when video surveillance captured her forcing a victim to take an unauthorized medication on May 16, 2011, the press release said. The victim was a 64-year-old non-verbal adult confined to a wheelchair and dependent on caregivers for feeding, medication, personal care and movement. A resident has the right to refuse medication, the release said.
After the victim repeatedly spit out the medication, Agroh squeezed the victim’s mouth open and covered their nose and mouth with her hands. Hours later, Agroh grabbed the victim by her paralyzed arms, forcefully put her in an upright position and transferred her roughly to a bedside chair. The victim was not injured, the release said.