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5 Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis

  • 19 June 2017
  • scalera

The director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office, felonies that could lead to as much as 20 years in prison.  Dr. Eden Wells, the chief medical executive for the department, was charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a peace officer and could face up to seven years if convicted.  The Michigan Attorney General said they had failed to properly alert the public about increases in Legionnaires’ cases, allowing the problem to continue and withholding crucial information from residents who might have avoided the contaminated water had they known about it.  Court documents claim the HHS director knew of the Legionnaires’ outbreak by late January 2015, but did not notify the public for another year.  At one point, the documents allege, he said that “he can’t save everyone” and that “everyone has to die of something.”