On July 21, 2014, at 6:37 p.m., officers responded to the parking garage at the Maryland Live! Casino for a 911 call to check the well-being of an elderly female, who was located inside of a truck. A concerned citizen contacted police after seeing the victim inside of the vehicle.
The officers located a red Ford truck with North Carolina registration plates. Inside of the vehicle was a 98-year-old female victim seated unaccompanied. Officers learned that she had been in the truck alone for an extended period of time. Investigation revealed that the victim arrived inside of the parking garage sometime prior to 1:42 p.m. with her son, who was driving the vehicle. Her son then proceeded into the casino, leaving her alone in the vehicle. The suspect did not leave the casino until 6:17 p.m., leaving the victim alone and without care for nearly five hours.
The female is confined to a wheelchair and is incapable of providing the basic needs for herself. The only evidence of food or drink in the vehicle was an empty soda can. The air temperature at the time of the report was 81 degrees, and the victim was found inside the vehicle with one window only partially open.
When initially approached, the victim seemed confused and responded incoherently to the officer’s questions. As the conversations continued, she became more coherent and was able to assist officers in locating her son. She was provided with water and Anne Arundel County EMS was summoned to examine her. She was determined not to be in medical distress.
At approximately 7:15 p.m., officers were finally able to reach the son on his cell phone. He returned to the vehicle at 7:25 p.m. where he was placed under arrest.
The victim is a 98-year-old woman from Raleigh, North Carolina. The Department of Social Services was advised of this incident.
Suspect: Dwight Ridgeway McGinnis Jr., 67, 6100 block Tipping Cir, Raleigh NC 27609
The suspect was charged with Vulnerable Adult Neglect. In addition, McGinnis was also served with an outstanding warrant for Failing to Appear for a driving suspended charge.