Another state executive has been charged in the Flint,
Mich., water contamination crisis, the
Associated Press
reports.

A special prosecutor on Monday brought charges of involuntary
manslaughter against the state’s chief medical executive, Dr.
Eden Wells.

The announcement was made by Todd Flood, the state’s attorney
general, shortly before Wells’ hearing regarding other charges
in connection with the water crisis, including obstruction
of justice.

Flood reportedly announced an expansion of the case
“based on a new review of other documents and testimony
that came out last week” during Nick Lyon’s hearing. Lyon
works with Wells as director of the Health and Human Services
Department.

“We were told only this morning that Mr. Flood proposes to file
two additional charges,” said Wells’ attorney, Jerold Lax. “And
under the circumstances, we reluctantly agreed to an
adjournment so as to be able to prepare.”

Wells is the sixth person, including Lyon, who has been charged
with involuntary manslaughter in connection with an
outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint, a type of pneumonia
caused by bacteria that thrive in warm water. It infects the
lungs.

Some experts have attributed the outbreak to Flint’s use of the
Flint River as the city’s water supply.

Nearly 100 cases and 12 deaths were reported in the area as a
result of Legionnaires’ disease.

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