Health chief, 4 oth­ers charged with man­slaugh­ter in Flint

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FLINT | Five peo­ple, in­clud­ing the head of Michi­gan’s health depart­ment, were charged Wed­nes­day with in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Flint’s lead-con­tam­i­nated wa­ter, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who had Le­gion­naires’ dis­ease.

Nick Lyon is the high­est-rank­ing mem­ber of Repub­li­can Gov. Rick Sny­der’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to be snagged in a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of how Flint’s wa­ter sys­tem be­came poi­soned af­ter of­fi­cials tapped the Flint River in 2014.

Mr. Lyon, 48, di­rec­tor of the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Depart­ment, is ac­cused of fail­ing to alert the ma­jor­ity-black pop­u­la­tion about an out­break of Le­gion­naires’ dis­ease in the Flint area, which has been linked by some ex­perts to poor wa­ter qual­ity in 2014-2015. If con­victed, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

“The health cri­sis in Flint has cre­ated a trust cri­sis for Michi­gan gov­ern­ment, ex­pos­ing a se­ri­ous lack of con­fi­dence in lead­ers who ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity and solve prob­lems,” said state At­tor­ney Gen­eral Bill Schuette, who said his probe is mov­ing to the trial phase.

Mr. Lyon also is charged with mis­con­duct in of­fice for al­legedly ob­struct­ing univer­sity re­searchers who are study­ing if the surge in cases was linked to the Flint River.

The oth­ers are peo­ple who were al­ready fac­ing charges. They are: Dar­nell Ear­ley, who was Flint’s emer­gency man­ager when the city used the river; Howard Croft, who ran Flint’s pub­lic works depart­ment; Liane Shek­ter Smith; and Stephen Busch. Ms. Shek­ter Smith and Mr. Busch were state en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tors.

The state’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, Dr. Eden Wells, 54, was charged Wed­nes­day with ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and ly­ing to an in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

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