Flint Water Crisis: Michigan Health Director Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter
The head of the Michigan Health Department was charged on Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, and currently stands as the the highest-ranking member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration to be charged in a criminal investigation of
Nick Lyon has been accused of failing to alert the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area, which was linked by some experts to poor water quality in 2014-15.
The state’s chief medical officer, Dr. Eden Wells, has been charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a police officer.
Lyon’s actions resulted in the death of one person; , 85-year-old Robert Skidmore, special agent Jeff Seipenko told a judge.
Seipenko, a member of the state attorney general’s team, read the charges. Lyon and Wells were not in court, and a message requesting a comment was left for Lyon’s attorneys.
By: Danielle Dixon
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