Hagerstown caregiver charged with assaulting 95-year-old woman

Elderly Hagerstown woman assaulted

The Hagerstown Police Department arrested and charged a Hagerstown caregiver and two men on multiple felony counts for allegedly assaulting and attempting to murder a 95-year-old woman.

Hagerstown Police officers were called to a Marshall Street home on March 7 where they found a 95-year-old woman with injuries to her head, neck, and face.

The woman told Police that a man had come to her home earlier and attempted to kill her.

The elderly woman was transported to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown.

She was treated for her injuries and later released.

Police detectives arrived on the scene and learned that 33-year-old Angel Marie Parker was providing the elderly victim in-home care services.

Hagerstown Caregiver Angel Marie Parker

Parker, who lives on S. Potomac Street in Hagerstown, recently discovered a large sum of money inside the elderly victim’s Marshall Street home.

Hagerstown Police allege that Parker coordinated a plan with Jacob Benjamin Kitch-Nordsick, 23, and Taylor Paul Alexander, 23, to kill the woman and steal her money.

Kitch-Nordsick and Alexander have no fixed home addresses, according to court documents.

Jacob Benjamin Kitch-Nordsick and Taylor Paul Alexander are charged with assault and attempted murder

Hagerstown Caregiver Murder & Theft Plot 

Police believe that one or more of the suspected trio entered the woman’s home on the night of March 7, possibly strangling her and knocking her unconscious before stealing her money.

“When she came to, she was on the floor,” Police said.

“The suspects were gone, and she was able to use her home health alert necklace to alert 911 that she needed assistance.”

The elderly victim has been treated and released from the hospital.

“We are extremely grateful that this brave woman was not more seriously injured or killed,” Hagerstown Police said Wednesday in a statement released on its Facebook page.

The Hagerstown Police Department acknowledged the responding officers and emergency medical technicians who provided initial medical treatment for the elderly victim.

All three suspects are being held without bond.

The investigation remains open to ensure no other parties were involved or if additional charges are appropriate, Police said.

Parker, the Hagerstown caregiver, and Kitch-Nordsick have been charged with the following:

  • (1) felony count of attempted first-degree murder
  • (1) felony count of attempted second-degree murder
  • (1) felony count of first-degree assault
  • (1) felony count of robbery
  • (1) felony count of first-degree burglary
  • (1) felony count of third-degree burglary
  • (1) felony count of home invasion
  • (1) felony count of theft
  • (1) misdemeanor count of second-degree assault
  • (1) misdemeanor count of burglary

Alexander has been charged with the following:

  • (1) felony count of first-degree assault
  • (1) misdemeanor count of second-degree assault
  • (1) felony count of home invasion
  • (1) felony count of robbery
  • (1) felony count of first-degree burglary
  • (1) felony count of theft
  • (1) misdemeanor count of burglary

Maryland In-Home Caregiver Credentials (CNA)

Many states like Maryland require specialized training for nursing assistant certifications.

However, state licensing is not required for Maryland caregivers who provide personal care services or non-medical care.

Whether employed by a licensed in-home care agency or working privately, personal in-home caregivers are typically not regulated by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

A search in the Board of Nursing License Verification system did not show Parker as a credentialed nursing assistant in Maryland.

Individuals who wish to apply for Maryland’s entry-level nursing assistant license must complete an accredited Certified Nursing Assistant program – 100 or more hours 100 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical training –  and pass Maryland’s Certified Nursing Assistant exam.

If you live in Washington County, Maryland, please call the Washington County Department of Social Service’s Abuse and Neglect hotline at 240-420-2222 if you suspect elder abuse.

Please visit the Maryland Department of Aging’s website for additional information on elder abuse and how to recognize and prevent elder abuse.