Nick DiMarco reported the arrest and indictment of nursing home employee Shirleen Diane Sheppard on charges of abuse, neglect and assault on a resident.  Sheppard is charged with second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult, two counts of second-degree neglect, and one count of second-degree assault, online court documents show.

The charges stem from an incident that took place on Oct. 17, 2010 at Stella Maris, Inc. 

“Abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult are misdemeanors punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000.00 fine for each offense,” neglect and assault on an elderly resident at a Timonium care facility, according to a release from the Office of the Attorney General. “The second-degree assault charge, also a misdemeanor, carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500.00 fine.”



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