MARYLAND –Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse Unit have charged George McGrath IV, age 55, of the 3000 block of Regina Drive in Silver Spring, with causing abuse to his 85-year-old father.
On Monday, April 15, detectives were contacted by Montgomery County Adult Protective Services (APS) about possible elder abuse that had occurred a week prior. Investigators responded to a local hospital and met with the victim while he was being treated for injuries.
The investigation by detectives determined that McGrath IV is the primary caretaker for the victim and that several days prior, McGrath IV had assaulted the victim multiple times while the two were in the victim’s home. During the assault, the victim sustained a head injury and was bleeding. McGrath IV made no attempt to summon medical aid for the victim.
The investigation further determined that a few days after the assault had occurred, friends who were concerned for the victim had responded to his home to check on him. The friends stated to detectives that they observed a cut on the victim’s head and that he had extensive bruising about his arms and head. The victim told the friends that McGrath IV had assaulted him a few days prior. The victim’s friends immediately took the victim to a local hospital for treatment. The victim’s friends further reported to detectives that they observed that the interior of the victim’s home was not being maintained and that there was minimal food in the refrigerator.
On Tuesday, April 16, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for McGrath IV, charging him with one count of vulnerable adult abuse of a family member, reckless endangerment, and second-degree assault. McGrath IV was arrested that same day and transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was released after posting a $5,000 bond.