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MI health director charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint water crisis

MI health director charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint water crisis

Earlier this year, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission issued a scathing 129-page report, attributing the water crisis to "deeply embedded institutional, systemic and historical racism", which ultimately led city officials to try to cut costs by switching the city's water source to the Flint River.

To date, Schuette's investigation into the Flint water crisis has resulted in 51 criminal charges filed against 15 current and former state and local officials.

This story is breaking and will be updated. Misconduct in office charges are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Michigan's state health director was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the drinking water contamination crisis in Flint.

The department's chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, was charged with lying to a police officer and obstruction of justice, according to the Detroit Free Press and the AP.

The crisis in Flint erupted in 2015 when tests found high amounts of lead in blood samples taken from children in the predominantly black city of about 100,000.




In response to the charges, Rep. Dan Kildee, who was born and raised in Flint and now represents the district that includes it, said he supports the investigation and its attempt to "hold everyone accountable who did this to Flint".

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, seen here testifying on Capitol Hill on April 13, 2016, was charged Wednesday over a death connected to a Legionnaires' disease outbreak.

In 2014, Flint began using water from the Flint River but didn't treat it.

Schuette says he is not charging Snyder. He's accused of failing to alert the public of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak. Lead from old plumbing leached into the water system.

The charges stem from an investigation led by Michigan's attorney general.

Experts have linked the unsafe drinking water to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County, the home to Flint. "We have a lot of people to interview, a lot of evidence to get", former Wayne County prosecutor Todd Flood, who is helping lead the investigation, said when the first charges were filed past year.

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