Flint water crisis: Michigan's chief medical executive could face manslaughter charge

Prosecutor wants new charges against Dr. Eden Wells

By Dave Bartkowiak Jr., Associated Press

FLINT, Mich. - A special prosecutor says he'll add a charge of involuntary manslaughter against Michigan's chief medical executive in a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis.

Dr. Eden Wells was in court Monday for a key hearing on other charges. But the hearing was postponed after the announcement by Todd Flood. The Associated Press reported Wells' lawyer couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Wells originally was charged with obstruction of justice and lying to an investigator. She will now face the additional charges of manslaughter and misconduct in office. According to NBC News 25, court is adjourned until Nov. 6.

Five other people have been charged with involuntary manslaughter tied to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area in 2014-15. The attorney general's office says key officials knew about a spike in Legionnaires' but failed to tell the public until January 2016.

Some experts have blamed the outbreak on Flint's use of the Flint River. Legionnaires' is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria that thrive in warm water.

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