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Five officials will face manslaughter charges for Flint water crisis

  • Written by OONA GOODIN-SMITH
  • Published in News

FLINT, MI - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged five water officials -- including a member of Gov. Rick Snyder's cabinet and a former emergency manager -- with manslaughter related to their alleged failure to act in during the Flint Water Crisis.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former City of Flint Water Department Manager Howard Croft, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Drinking Water Chief Liane Shekter-Smith and former district supervisor Stephen Busch will all face involuntary manslaughter charges related to their alleged failure to act in the Flint Water Crisis, Schuette announced in a release on Wednesday, June 14.

Involuntary manslaughter is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a $7,500 fine.

The manslaughter charges are connected to the death of Robert Skidmore, who died Dec. 13, 2015, due to the area's Legionnaires' disease outbreak.


New Flint water crisis charges tied directly to Legionnaires' outbreak

New Flint water crisis charges tied directly to Legionnaires' outbreak

Seipenko told Genesee District Judge David Guinn that the DHHS director also "participated in obstructing" an independent research team from Wayne State University that was investigating the presence of Legionella bacteria in Flint's water.


Charges against Lyon were authorized early on Wednesday, June 14, by Genesee District Judge David Guinn.Earley, Croft, Busch and Shekter-Smith have all previously been charged in connection to the water crisis.

Schuette will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. to announce the charges.

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