Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced on Tuesday that
a judge had found Kimberly Shamika Belton, of Baltimore, guilty of neglect of a vulnerable adult in the second degree.
On June 18, 2016, police responded to the White Marsh Mall parking lot in response to a 911 call from a concerned citizen reporting that three elderly men had been left unattended in the rear of a car parked outside the White Marsh Mall food court area.
The men are developmentally disabled and, because of their disability, were unable to communicate with the concerned citizen or officer when he arrived. The weather on that day was in the upper 80s.
Police remained with the men for approximately 20 minutes before the defendant, who is the caretaker for the three men, returned from the food court of the mall where she had purchased food for herself.
Belton entered a guilty plea to neglect of a vulnerable adult in the second degree, received a three-year suspended sentence, and was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.