Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

More involuntary manslaughter charges in Flint

More involuntary manslaughter charges in Flint

Five officials in MI, including the head of the state's health department, were charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter, marking the first time investigators have drawn a direct link between the acts of government officials in Flint's water contamination crisis and the deaths of residents that followed.

Another Flint resident, Keri Webber, said her daughter, Stephanie, got Legionnaires' in August of 2015 at the age of 20 and survived it.

On Wednesday, Schuette said his team had not spoken with Snyder as part of the investigation.

A study from Virginia Tech in 2016 found Legionella bacteria levels in Flint tap water were up to 1,000 times higher than normal during the height of the crisis.

In this January 11, 2016 photo, Dr. Eden Wells, Michigan's chief medical executive, smiles as she listens to Gov. Rick Snyder speak publicly for the first time in Flint, six days after he declared a state of.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday, June 14, that Lyon and Dr. Eden Wells, state medical executive, will remain on the job even though they face felony criminal charges.

Weaver said some people were complaining about the seriousness of the charges.

Attorneys for the defendants said the charges were baseless.

February 17: The Michigan Civil Rights Commission issues a report that finds "systemic racism" going back decades is at the core of problems that caused the water crisis in the majority black city of Flint. A lot of us is choked up because we don't understand.

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Attorneys for Wells and Lyon did not respond to a request for comment. "I can't see asking the residents of Genesee County to continue to believe them as we go through this process".

Five officials in MI, including the head of the state's health department, were charged on Wednesday.

Charging documents also allege that professors at Wayne State University were asked by Snyder's office to do research into the Legionnaires' outbreak and a possible link to the water in Flint. About half of the people who got sick with Legionnaires' disease spent time at the hospital during the time of the outbreak. "Many people have died because of the decisions [other] people made".

December 20: Schuette charges former emergency managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose with multiple 20-year felonies for their failure to protect the residents of Flint from health hazards caused by contaminated drinking water.

Snyder also said state employees who have been suspended from work because of crimes alleged by special prosecutors "still have not had their day in court".

Ruth Carter with the attorney general's office said her office on Monday will provide a list of people to both attorneys to let them know which individuals Lyon and Wells can't contact during the case.

He is accused of failing to notify the public of the Legionnaires' outbreak and saying he "can't save everyone" and "everyone has to die of something". When he appeared in court for his arraignment, he was joined by two two attorneys. The attorney general's office alleges Wells "attempted to withhold funding for programs created to help the victims of the crisis, and then lied to an investigator about material facts related to the investigation". "There's several parties that have motivations outside of the raw basic interest of finding justice for the people of Flint". The Detroit News reported that Busch, Croft and Shekter-Smith also were charged with less-serious crimes past year.

Howard Croft, former Flint water department manager. "But no additional charges at this time have been filed".

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