The four had all been previously charged with lesser crimes in connection with the water crisis.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon is now the highest ranking state official charged in connection with the Flint water crisis along with former Flint emergency manager Darnell Earley, and three others. He issued a statement Wednesday praising two officials who were charged: Michigan Health and Human Services Department Director Nick Lyon and the state's chief medical officer, Dr. Eden Wells.
Lead levels in Flint's drinking water have now fallen below levels considered risky by federal regulators, state officials said last January. Lyon said the research wasn't something the state could afford, despite a doctor's response that the decision could "cause more people to die". "Hearing them talk this morning that the first time (state officials) knew was in 2014 - Steph never needed to have Legionnaires', if they had just said something".
A spokeswoman for McLaren says the hospital has cooperated with public health officials and regulatory authorities from the earliest days of the water crisis, and continues to do so. "That is not justice for Flint, nor for those who have been charged". He (Schuette) said there's more to come, and so far, he's been true to his word that the investigation is continuing. "And a very serious charge", said Schuette.
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. "So we wait with bated breath and see what comes next".
Wells apparently tried to stop Wayne State University researchers from looking into the Legionnaires' problem.
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.
Snyder's attorney, Brian Lennon, said in a statement that Snyder was made available to testify under oath this spring after being told a subpoena would be produced, but that never occurred. Even now, officials recommend that only filtered tap water be consumed, and many residents say they can trust only bottled water, given false assurances they once received from state and local officials.
Some experts also have linked the water to Legionnaires' disease, a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria that thrive in warm water and infect the lungs.
She is also charged with lying to a police officer about when she became aware of the outbreak.
Lyon was personally briefed in January 2015 but "took no action to alert the public of a deadly" outbreak until almost a year later, special agent Jeff Seipenko told a judge as the charges were filed.
He's also charged with a count of misconduct in office for "intentionally withholding information about the outbreak from Governor Rick Snyder contrary to" his duties, as well as "directing a health official to discontinue an analysis that would aid in determining the source of the Legionnaires' disease outbreak and save lives", court papers say. When he appeared in court for his arraignment, he was joined by two two attorneys.
Howard Croft, former Flint water department manager. "It's another step toward justice for the people Flint". Shekter Smith was sacked a year ago and Busch is on paid leave. "So I fail to see why the charge is being filed against Liane".