Case investigated and prosecuted by the Justice Center

Massapequa, NY – NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced a Queens woman, employed by Extraordinary People in Care Long Island (EPIC) in Nassau County, was arrested and arraigned in Nassau County District Court on charges she abused a person with disabilities in her care.

“In this case, thanks to a call made by a mandated reporter to the Justice Center’s hotline, we were able to investigate this incident and uncover the evidence to support the charges,” said Special Prosecutor Gunning. “When caring and hardworking professionals who work in facilities recognize abuse they must report it. Doing so will allow wrongdoers to be held accountable for abusing vulnerable New Yorkers, as this defendant is alleged to have done.”

The complaint charges Edith Carby (DOB: 01/17/56) of St. Albans with:

  • One count of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the Second Degree, a class "A" misdemeanor;
  • One count of Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a class "B" misdemeanor; and  One count of Harassment in the Second Degree, a violation.

The charges stem from an incident earlier this year in which the defendant was escorting the victim to a clinic for an appointment. While at the clinic, the defendant allegedly yanked on the victim’s ear and struck the victim in the head with her hand.

The defendant, a Medical Direct Support Professional at EPIC, was arraigned before the Honorable Joseph Girardi of Nassau County District Court and released on her own recognizance and scheduled to return to court September 15. She was terminated from her position. The case is being prosecuted by Justice Center Supervising Assistant Special Prosecutor David Kim.

The Justice Center and its statewide incident reporting system, known as the Vulnerable Persons’ Central Register (VPCR) began operations on June 30, 2013 and is staffed 24-hours a day by trained professionals who log and assess all reports and immediately assign cases of abuse or neglect to the Justice Center’s investigation team or local law enforcement agencies.

The Justice Center’s Individual and Family Support Unit (IFSU) provides guidance and information to victims, their families, personal representatives and guardians about the reporting and investigation process. Additionally, IFSU provides victims and families support during criminal court proceedings.

The Justice Center also maintains a statewide list of those responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse and neglect. Once placed on the “Staff Exclusion List” or SEL, they are permanently barred from working again with people with disabilities or special needs.

EPIC is licensed by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). OPWDD is one of six state agencies under the jurisdiction of the Justice Center. The Justice Center also oversees facilities or programs operated, licensed or certified by the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Department of Health (DOH), the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and the State Education Department (SED).

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Editor’s note: In compliance with Rule 3.6(b)(6) of the Rules of Professional Conduct, you are advised that a charge is an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.