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Columbia group home manager charged after assault caught on video

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Donna Everett (Howard County Police Department) Donna Everett (Howard County Police Department)

A Columbia, Md. group home manager is charged with assault after she was caught on tape abusing an intellectually disabled man.

57-year-old Donna Everett, of Randallstown, is seen on the video hitting the 53-year-old man in the head, face, neck and spitting on him.

People recording the video are heard in the background laughing and encouraging more of the attack.

The home is owned by a company called Emerge, Inc. It is a non-profit organization that serves "individuals with developmental, physical and mental disabilities."

Howard County police say the organization reported that a video had been brought to their attention showing an Emerge employee assaulting a person who lives in one their residential group homes located in the 6500 block of Quilting Way in Columbia. The nearly 13 minute video was posted on YouTube. It shows the man and another resident, identified as a 41-year-old woman with disabilities, arguing. Then the woman repeatedly attacks the man.

As the abuse continues, Everett is seen and heard taunting and encouraging the woman to assist in the abuse of the man. The man is seen trying to defend himself while people recording the video can be heard laughing in the background.

It isn't known if the people involved in making the video are Emerge employees or residents of the group home. Police are working to confirm their identity.

Everett is charged with multiple counts of assault and reckless endangerment. She posted a $100,000 bond and was released from the Howard County Detention Center.

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