Caregiver Arrested For Abusing Disabled Man in Group Home

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)- A Randallstown woman has been charged
with multiple counts of assault and reckless endangerment for her alleged abuse of an intellectually disabled man at a Columbia group home.

Howard County police were contacted Friday by Emerge, Inc., a not-for-profit serving “individuals with developmental, physical and mental health disabilities,” according to its website. The organization told police about a video that had surfaced on of an employee assaulting a man who lives in one of their residential facilities, located in the 6500 block of Quilting Way in Columbia.

The organization was able to identify the employee as 57-year-old Donna Everett, the house manager at the home.

In the video, she can be seen striking the man in the head, face and neck, and spitting in his face. She is also seen and heard taunting and encouraging a disabled female resident to assist in the abuse of the man. The man is seen trying to defend himself and the people who recorded the video can be heard laughing in the background. LINK (Warning: This footage may be disturbing to some viewers.)

Police are working to confirm the identities of the people involved in making the video. Everett
was released from the Howard County Detention Center after a $100,000 bond was posted.

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