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Man charged with beating Detroit nursing home resident headed to trial

Suspect pleads not guilty to charges

DETROIT – Jayden Hayden, 20, came before a judge on Monday in the case of the May 15 brutal beating of 75-year-old Norman Bledsoe at Westwood Nursing Center.

“He came to the facility because of COVID. They opened a COVID unit so that’s how Mr. Bledsoe was introduced into the nursing home,” said nurse, Joely Pointer while explaining why the two were placed in the same room together.

Nursing home worker, Stewart Robinson, was the first one to enter room 205 where the assault took place after hearing the commotion. Robinson says Hayden tried to make the whole thing look like an accident.

“My older resident, Mr. Bledsoe, he was on the floor and Jayden was standing up as if he was going to pick him up,” said Robinson.

Pointer stated Bledsoe himself was unsure about what happened and the events that left him with several broken ribs, fingers and a broken jaw.

“He had a very large contusion to his head. There was blood. He was very confused and he could not give me a statement as to what happened. Other than he probably said that he fell. But he did not elaborate as to what actually happened to him,” said Pointer.

Hayden has plead not guilty to the charges filed. He is due back in court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 19.

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