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Caregiver Charged After Leaving Disabled Germantown Man in Hot Van at Lakeforest Mall

Brett Campbell is a 22-year-old Germantown resident who is severely disabled — confined to a wheelchair, unable to move or speak — and on Tuesday, August 2 he was left by his caregiver in a sweltering hot van for an hour while she went shopping and talked with friends at Lakeforest Mall, according to police.

Gaithersburg Police arrested and charged 26-year-old, Afia Obour of Gaithersburg, who was Campbell’s caregiver after she was located talking with friends in the mall. She has been charged with one count Abuse or Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the First Degree and one count of Abuse or Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the Second Degree/Custodian.

Gaithersburg Police said that they were called to the parking lot outside of the food court at Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg at 7:55 pm on Tuesday, Aug. 2 after a passerby noticed an individual in a red van. The passerby “approached the vehicle and observed an adult male, who appeared to be a vulnerable adult. The individual was in a wheelchair, red in the face, conscious but not responsive,” according to court documents.

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service was also called to the scene at Lakeforest Mall and found Campbell in the vehicle with the vehicle turned off, and all the doors closed. According to court documents, Fire/Rescue opened the doors to reduce the interior temperature believing Campbell was in distress. “Campbell was very red in the face, sweating profusely, and unresponsive to questions asked by Fire/Rescue,” according to charging documents. Campbell’s temperature was 102 degrees, and he was transported to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.