He is charged with child abuse, assault.
Dfc Allan Mandujano (Photo from Frederick County Sheriff’s Office)
Frederick, Md (KM) A Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputy charged with 2nd-degree child abuse and 2nd-degree assault has been released on personal recognizance. Deputy 1st Class Allan Mandujano, 29, of Jefferson, was arrested on Wednesday, March 22nd. The alleged assault occurred on Tuesday, March 21st, at a daycare center. The victim is six years old, according to the Sheriff’s Office. .
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins spoke about Deputy Mandujano during an appearance Thursday on WFMD’s “Morning News Express.” “He’s done a great job for us. Good young man by all standards that I knew of,” he said. “Factually, I don’t know much about what happened in the investigation. But he’s done a great job for us to this point.”
Dfc Mandujano, who joined the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office on June 7th, 2021, was a Patrol Operations unit team member assigned to Patrol Team 3.
He has been suspended from the Sheriff’s Office without pay.
Jenkins says the investigation into this case has been turned over to the Maryland State Police. “It was reported by the daycare to Child Protective Services that apparently there were injuries on the child,” he says. “I immediately said ‘Listen, this is going to be a conflict for us. We have to go out of the house for the investigation.’ So we immediately contacted the Maryland State Police who assigned criminal investigators.”
Following an investigation, and in consultation with the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, the State Police filed charges against Deputy Mandujano.
He is not the first county employee facing criminal charges. Chelsea Kadish, who is the Chief of Staff to County Executive Jessica Fitzwater, faces child abuse and assault charges. The victims in this case were her two stepchildren. The complaint was filed last summer by her husband’s ex-wife. Kadish was also indicted on two counts of 2nd-degree child abuse, one count of 1st-degree assault and three counts of 2nd-degree assault. She is scheduled to go on trial on April 24th, according to the Maryland Judiciary Case Search website.
Kadish is still listed as chief of staff in the County Executive’s office. .
By Kevin McManus