For Immediate Release - September 09, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office Announces Arraignment of Former Behavioral Assistant Charged in Connection with Alleged Abuse of 53-Year-Old Disabled Resident in Worcester

WORCESTER - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announces the arraignment of a former Behavioral Assistant (BA) at the Neuro-Rehab Center in Worcester charged in connection with the alleged assault of a 53-year-old disabled resident at the facility. Edwin Boyd, age 27, of Worcester, was arraigned in Worcester District Court on the charge of Assault and Battery on a Disabled Person (1 count).

The Attorney General's Office began an investigation after the matter was referred by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). The victim, a 53-old male, is wheelchair confined and suffers from several disabilities including traumatic brain injury and mental retardation. Authorities allege that on January 6, 2009, the victim was in the dining area of the facility where he began to act out in combative behavior. Boyd attended to the victim to re-direct his behavior and assaulted him by punching the victim three to four times on the leg, causing him to cry out in pain. An activity assistant who worked at the facility witnessed the incident and immediately reported it to her supervisors.

Boyd was arraigned in Worcester District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty before Judge Paul L. McGill. Boyd was released on personal recognizance and ordered not to have any contact with the victim or witnesses and to refrain from working in patient care services. Boyd is due back in court on October 22, 2009 for a pre-trial conference.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Casey Groff and was investigated by Investigator Lisa Bailey, both of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Medicaid Fraud Division.