Latia Matthews indicted for abuse of vulnerable adult

(WJLA) - A Catonsville woman was indicted Friday on charges of leaving a vulnerable adult locked in a hot vehicle with little ventilation while she went shopping.

According to Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, Latia L. Matthews, 23, was indicted on one count each of abuse of a vulnerable adult, neglect of a vulnerable adult, and reckless endangerment.

The charges stem from a July 28, 2013 incident at the Westview Mall in Catonsville, according to the attorney general's office.

At the time, Matthews was employed as a caregiver by Progress Unlimited Incorporated, an agency that provides residential and medical day care services for adults with developmental disabilities.

Gansler alleges that Matthews left the 22-year-old disabled female victim locked in the vehicle on a day when the temperature was in the 80s. The victim was incapable of getting out of the car herself.

Matthews faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for the misdemeanor charges. Arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 5.