The head of Michigan’s Health Department has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with Flint’s tainted water crisis, court documents filed on Tuesday showed.
The criminal charge against Nick Lyon, the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is the one most directly linked to the deaths of residents in the three-year-old water contamination case. The water has been tied to the lead poisoning of children in Flint and the deaths of 12 people from Legionnaires’ disease.
“Defendant Lyon’s acts and failure to act resulted in the death of at least one person,” the charging document said. (Read more on New York Times)