Caregiver indicted for leaving woman in hot car

CATONSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A caregiver is accused of leaving a "vulnerable adult" in a hot car last year while she went shopping at a Maryland mall.

Twenty-three-year-old Latia L. Matthews of Catonsville was indicted by the Baltimore County Grand Jury for abuse of a vulnerable adult, neglect of a vulnerable adult, and reckless endangerment, according to Attorney General Douglas Gansler on Friday.

According to authorities, the abuse and neglect happened on July 28, 2013 at the Westview Mall parking lot in Catonsville. Matthews worked for Progress Unlimited Incorporated, which provides residential and medical day care services for adults with developmental disabilities. Matthews is accused of leaving a 22-year-old woman with disabilities in a locked vehicle with very little ventilation in the parking lot while she and a friend went shopping. Authorities say the victim was unable to exit the vehicle. The temperature that day was in the 80's.

The charges against Matthews are misdemeanors. They carry potential sentences of five years' incarceration and a $5,000 fine, says Gansler.

Matthews is set to be arraigned on February 5.


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