On Thursday, the Baltimore County Prosecutor’s office announced that the owner of Griffin’s Loving Care Assisted Living in Lansdowne has been charged with multiple criminal counts of reckless endangerment and neglect, after 14 residents were discovered locked in the center without water.
On June 14, a county grand jury indicted the owner of the facility, Dione Griffin, and her 25-year-old daughter, Dijon Lee Griffin, as well as an employee on six counts of vulnerable adult neglect. The facility was licensed for four beds, but 16 residents were found living there.
In addition, Griffin was charged with seven counts of reckless endangerment and Lee was charged with six. Both have been accused of possessing prescription narcotic painkillers, Oxycodone, Tramadol, morphine and Hydromorphone.
A family member of a resident at the facility filed a complaint against the Lansdowne facility in March, which prompted an investigation. State regulators arrived to the facility to find frail residents aged 50 to 95 alone, without water, food and some did not have access to a restroom. One resident said she had been drinking water from a sink.
Griffin, 44, and Lee, both of Nottingham, were released on a $30,000 bond on Wednesday, after voluntarily turning themselves in, John Magee, chief of the family violence division of the prosecutor’s office said.
A formal arraignment has not been set, Magee said.
Griffin has been operating the center for approximately 10 years, but she neglected to appear to two scheduled hearings to oppose the suspension of her assisted living license.
Each count of vulnerable adult neglect, reckless endangerment and possession with intent to distribute painkillers carries a maximum possible prison term of five years.
Investigators received another tip from a family member, who alleges her 85-year-old cousin was discovered tied to a chair in the facility.