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MI health chief charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint water crisis probe

MI health chief charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint water crisis probe”

The head of the MI health department was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, the highest-ranking member of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration to be snagged in a criminal investigation of Flint's lead-contaminated water.

Nick Lyon is accused of not alerting the public in the city of Flint about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

April 20, 2016: Two state officials and a local official are charged with evidence tampering and other crimes in the MI attorney general's investigation - the first to be levied in the probe.

Dr. Eden Wells, the state's chief medical officer, has also been charged with obstruction of justice - a felony - and lying to a police officer - a misdemeanor.

Michigan officials switched the small Eastern Michigan city's water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River in a bid to save money. The agent would have stopped the water from corroding the city's pipes and avoid lead from old plumbing to leach into the water system.

September 24, 2015: A group of doctors urges Flint to stop using the Flint River for water after finding high levels of lead in the blood of children.

He told state lawmakers that experts likely wanted to "solve the problem" before they raised it with senior officials in the Snyder administration. They still have not had their day in court.

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.

"Mr. Lyon failed in his responsibilities to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Flint", Michigan's Attorney General Bill Schuette said at a press conference Wednesday.

There were almost 100 cases in the Flint area, including 12 deaths, in 2014 and 2015.

August 14: A federal emergency declaration over Flint's lead-tainted water crisis ends, but state officials say work continues to fix the drinking water system and provide services to city residents.

Schuette launched a probe of the water crisis in January 2016.

Lyon, Croft, Earley, Shekter Smith and Busch are blamed in the death of Robert Skidmore in December 2015. Since the water crisis began, property values have plummeted in the city.



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