MDHHS releases statement after video-taped beating of elderly man

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Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is issuing the following statement on the videotaped beating of an elderly man at a facility in Detroit:

The department said the assault being accused is not an MDHHS employee and that the attack did not occur at a department facility.


Like other viewers, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
was deeply disturbed by a video that was widely shared on social media showing a man
beating an elderly man who was in his bed at a nursing facility. The department would
like to correct inaccurate information that was shared on social media. The man who is
accused in the assault is not an MDHHS employee, and the attack did not occur at a
department facility. MDHHS staff are dedicated to providing the best possible care for
the patients in our facilities. MDHHS’s Adult Protective Services, which takes very
seriously its duty to protect vulnerable adults from abuse, also gathered pertinent
information resulting in identifying and locating the perpetrator and provided the
information to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and law
enforcement, which led to the arrest.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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