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Caregiver abandons man with autism in transport vehicle while exercising at LA Fitness

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (ABC7) – A craving to burn calories and crank up cardio has a caregiver doing a lot explaining to police, his employer and the family of a disabled man. [ watch video ]

Franck Tedlor (a Cameroon-native), 26, of the 3300 block of Hewitt Avenue in Aspen Hill is now facing one criminal count of vulnerable adult abuse-custodian.

Franck Tedlor

Around 6:30 p.m. on August 13, Tedlor drove his nearly non-verbal male patient with autism to the LA Fitness located along the 600 block of Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg. Tedlor allegedly parked the transport vehicle behind the fitness center, turned off the ignition, rolled down the windows and told his patient to behave and stay in the vehicle. It was 99 degrees outside at the time.

Around 6:55 p.m. – some 25 minutes later – Tedlor returned to the car and saw it was empty. For nearly three hours, the caregiver carried out a private search, scouring the immediate area, including two shopping centers. He came up empty-handed. Around 9:52 p.m., Tedlor approached a strip mall security guard and reported the missing disabled man. That guard called 911 and reported the welfare emergency.

Montgomery County Police launched a search party that included a bloodhound and officer who specializes in search and rescue operations. Police quickly added the disabled man to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) – a digital database loaded with criminal justice information viewable by law enforcement agencies across the country.

Hours after vanishing, a search team member stumbled upon the disabled man wandering down a dark residential Montgomery Village street, more than four miles away from the LA Fitness where he first disappeared. Quite remarkably, the man was only blocks away from his home. Paramedics transported him to Shady Grove Hospital for observation. He was released hours later.

“For a situation where somebody is under your care, and under your protection, you need a little more empathy and more sympathy and more judgment,” LA Fitness member Shabazz Novarra remarked. “It’s terrible.”

Tedlor was working for Montgomery Village-based Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) at the time of the incident. Investigators say he’d been the man’s primary caregiver for “several years” and was well versed with the patient’s behavioral plan. That plan included 24/7 monitoring because the disabled man is prone to “aggressive outbursts.”

According to police, CSAAC had previously reprimanded Tedlor for abandoning the same male patient. Why the non-profit agency kept him on staff is not immediately known. ABC7 placed multiple calls and emails with members of the CSAAC executive team on Monday, but as of this writing, no one from the agency had responded to our inquiries.

“It seems to me there is liability on the company’s side, but that’s for other people to determine,” LA Fitness member Jeff Hinman stated post-workout. “Nevertheless, I obviously think that’s pretty wrong.”

In 2014, Montgomery County Police arrested a 38-year-old CSAAC caregiver for allegedly grabbing a woman with autism by the shirt and pushing her into a bathroom stall. The caregiver was also accused of forcing the resident into a wall and clocking her in the head with her bare knuckles.

CSAAC, which was founded in 1979, describes itself online as, “a nationally recognized leader in developing state-of-the-art services for people with autism [that] serves as a model for other agencies.” The private nonprofit, based in Montgomery County, serves roughly 300 families with some connection to autism.

According to court paperwork, Tedlor lives with his mother in a basic apartment complex near the corner of Georgia and Connecticut Avenues. The Cameroon-native marked that he earned $11 per hour while working as a caregiver. Tedlor and his public defender were unavailable for comment.

The 26-year-old caregiver has a three-day trial scheduled to begin this May in Montgomery County Circuit Court. He faces up to a five-year prison sentence and/or $5,000 in fines.


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  1. Frank Tedlor is the name of an african?kwi fon etuh.the level of mental alienation of some of us is unprecedented. Some of us prefer to awnser the name DOG if only it is not an african DOG.ngeh rehearsal bong

    • Even if it was not an African name, keep in mind that many change their name with naturalization as you are given that option in the process of becoming a US citizen.

      • But why should normal humans want to change their identity.just like a Japanese with a name like.Michelle kurumi nara is insane.all Africans with slavish names like Michel Mary Mohammed are culturally insane close to animal status than humans.

  2. I don’t believe this story

  3. It is exceedingly difficult to take care of special needs people, especially someone like the one mentioned in this article, who is said to have intermittent temper tantrums. It is possible for the trained care giver to run out of patience when bombarded by unbearable demands and verbal take downs. But since it is the caregiver’s job , they ought to know better. There’s no excuse for abandoning one’s patient to the extremities. For the past three years, video has been shown on Chinese TV and social media sites of Kindergarten teachers spanking kids and slapping them across the face with the back of their hands. You can make the link between the patience that is needed to deal with both kids and special needs people.

  4. BAH,Tedlor is a Cameroonian/American or African/American.He wasborn in Cameroon or Africa but has an American citizenship.If you do something good,you are an American or westerner,if you do something bad,you are a cameroonian or African.If mesut ozil Plays well,he is a German,if he Plays bad,he is german/Turkish.When Rosberg could not win Formel 1,he was from Finnland,but when he won,He was a german.When your sister embezzled and corrupt the Health care in America,her titel was a Cameroonian,though she is a US citizen.

    • STONE. ..how Africans arrive at the point of identifying with slave America France England Canada continue to wonder many.how is it possible that we continue identifying with our enemies.?is there any problem with being African.?

      • Cameroon O'Bosso United States

        @ Bah Acho.
        The fact and reason why he chose that name is none of your business Pa Bah Acho or mine for that matter! That is his choice to exercise. Now, whether he is a model citizen as evidenced with his behavior, you can freely judge. I for one proudly wear my name of Cameroon origin and couldn’t care less what you call yourselves as long as you are a decent human being and are considerate of others. Just because I am proud of my culture does not make one who is not an animal or a slave. I don’t know his particular reasons or motives for that. It can be quite ignorant to label folks based on whether we share values. I for one agree with many of your values but think you are dead wrong in calling others out and calling them names when their values don’t line up with yours. Everyone that you don’t like cannot be a slave or enslaved mentally. Maybe you should pick up a mirror!!! Let’s be a little bit charitable with our words. I can assure you that this is an African attribute I wish you could exercise every now and then. Otherwise, much blessings to you bro….

      • You need to look for company that dovetails with your retrograde ideas, Bah Acho. If it is so objectionable to bear alien names, why is it any less so with alien cars, dresses, foods, drinks, writing materials, monies, languages, etc?

  5. BAH,so Chi,Lum.are this African or Chinese Names.

    • At least names like lum mankah tifuh mah are africanot names.when someone tell you their name is lum or bah acho they are saying they are african.

      • People should leave Bah alone. How many Westerners have we seen with African names. Why do we Africans always like to adopt Western nonsense.

        • Names reflect the culture you were born into, Talking about culture we mean elements including religion, environment. A name must reflect these aspects and not necessarily one’s complexion. It is naive of Bah Acho to be harping about Africans having foreign names when he proudly calls himself Cletus. Since Africans were colonised by these westerners and continue to speak and write in their languages , only hypocrites would pretend about rejecting foreign names while making their clever arguments in a foreign language. Let Bah Acho continue to hide the fact that his name is Cletus, continue to write in the whiteman’s language, live in his backyard and pretend to hate foreign names. We can see through this small designs!

      • And names like Cletus Teboh?

  6. I hope they gave him a fine only, maintain him and he pays the fine
    gradually with time. Just a human face.

    • What human face, this is the second time he is doing this. He should go to prison to learn a good lesson.

  7. MBIYA NA TIPMAN Reserved

    Mehhhhn!!! be very careful working with these Ngabah.Job looks EZ but can also Ezly land one in jail

    • my detractors above have lost all sense of logic.they are not even capable of observing others?how many aryans have you seen giving their children african names?the brain of humans is meant to think.p

      • Your economy and culture is not yet attracting hungry Aryan’s en masse, only the corporate thieves for now. When that happens, it will be very common to see stupid Aryan’s bearing names like Bah Acho, Fon Nkwi or Kamga De Fosso… Stop fooling yourself!

  8. I know we Africans lost in the clash of civilizations. But can we not at least hang on to names? Must we lose everything for the Aryan to claim victory?

    • I share your pain, but when their culture assaults our people on TV, on the internet, via your so called smartphone, our poorly educated start to jump on the chance to identify with trash. Until we create a counterculture where our people, our culture is successfully showcased, this nonsense will continue. The proliferation of foreign names to our children back home is simply embarrassing. I can understand an individual in a foreign land trying to blend, but masses picking up soap opera characters’ names? I shake my head!!!!

  9. Blame the girlfriend bugging him about getting a six pack abs…