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DETROIT, MI- According to reports, the man responsible for beating elderly white men and women in nursing homes has had the charges against him dropped.

In May of 2020, numerous disturbing videos circulated social media showing a black man from Westland, Michigan, beating elderly white nursing home patients. The suspect, Jaden Hayden, reportedly filmed himself beating the elderly men and women in their beds until they would bleed.

Prior to being at the Westwood Nursing Center, Hayden was in a group home in Washtenaw County when he called his father to say he was “hearing voices and thought people were out to kill him.” The father, Marty Hayden who said that his son had a known history of assaultive behavior, said:

“He was in crisis mode.”

In early May 2020, Hayden supposedly called 911 so that he could be sent to a hospital for treatment. He was at the University of Michigan Hospital at Ann Arbor where he then was diagnosed with COVID-19. Hayden was then sent to the nursing home to recover.

So, not only was Hayden possibly spreading COVID-19 while at the nursing home, but he was also abusing elderly patients, including his roommate Norman Bledsoe. Bledsoe was 75-years-old and an Army veteran.

Hayden videotaped himself repeatedly hitting Bledsoe. He was arrested and charged shortly after the videos of him abusing elderly victims went viral. Hayden had been facing multiple charges including assault for the May 2020 beating of Bledsoe.

Now, two years later, the charges against Hayden were dismissed after he was found incompetent. Hayden now resides in a psychiatric hospital in the Kalamazoo area where he cannot come and go as he pleases. At the time of the charges, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement:

“The alleged actions of this defendant are truly and uniquely disturbing. We must be able to trust our loved ones in specialty care facilities. I truly hope that the facts of this case are one of a kind.”

Hayden’s father, Marty, said that if his son had been convicted of those charges and sent to prison, it would have only worsened his mental health issues. He added:

“So, the system is going to fail him again. He’s not going to be rehabilitated.”

Marty also said that because of his son’s mental health issues, he cannot understand the gravity of his actions. Marty said that he is hoping to find a lawyer to hold those responsible for placing his sone in the nursing home in the first place, where he believes his son was set up to fail. He said:

“Why would you put him in a nursing home? All around elderly people.”

Hayden’s attorney, Brian Berry, said in a statement:

“They should have known. I think the facility had an idea of who Jadon was and what type of treatment he needed. I think they knew, or had a history, that he was schizophrenic and it should have been handled differently.”

According to reports, Bledsoe died in another nursing facility two months after the assault. His death was not ruled a homicide.

Bledsoe’s family has retained an attorney and has filed a lawsuit against the nursing home. Bledsoe’s brother said that he is hoping one day, Hayden will be held accountable for his actions.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and state health officials have been criticized repeatedly for allowing nursing homes to accept those recovering from COVID-19 for continued care. Nursing homes have also been criticized as being motivated by money to participate in being a COVID-19 hub.

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“I can’t let this happen again”: Son files wrongful death lawsuit against ex-Gov. Cuomo after father died in New York nursing home

April 29th, 2022

NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to a report in the New York Post, a man whose father died after contracting coronavirus in a New York nursing home has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The suit also names the state of New York, former Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa, and former Health Department head Howard Zucker as defendants.

The New York Post reports that Daniel Arbeeny, who has previously criticized Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, is claiming that his father, Korean War veteran Norman Arbeeny, died in April 2020 after contracting coronavirus as a result of a March 2020 New York State directive that prevented nursing homes from turning away patients with COVID-19.

The suit reads:

“This policy of mandatory admission, non-testing and comingling of nursing home residents constituted reckless endangerment by all of the Defendants.”

Arbeeny, who is representing himself, is “seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.”

The lawsuit states that Norman Arbeeny developed coronavirus symptoms at the Cobble Hill Health Center, a Brooklyn nursing home.  He died shortly thereafter, and hours after his death, his COVID-19 test came back positive.

Arbeeny told the Post that the lawsuit was “about holding state officials to account,” as well as “an effort to get justice for the families who had relatives die in nursing homes.”

Arbeeny stated:

“It’s a lot of people that are hurting and still hurting now.”

He continued:

“Justice has to be served.”

The suit further points out that there were other available facilities that could have accepted coronavirus-positive patients.

Within a week of the implementation of the March 2020 directive, “a field hospital in Central Park, the USS Comfort and the Javits Center” all were prepared and equipped to accept and handle COVID-19 patients.

However, the suit claims,

“Through other regulatory actions. Defendants Cuomo and other New York State Health Officials rendered it near impossible [for] those facilities to be available for COVID-19 patients.”

The lawsuit also takes Cuomo to task for taking jabs at persons such as Arbeeny who criticized the directive.

According to the Post, Arbeeny gave several press interviews in which he questioned the directive and “suggest[ed] the number of coronavirus deaths in New York had been undercounted.”

The suit asserts:

“Defendant Cuomo publicly ridiculed individuals such as the Plaintiff characterizing their views as ‘conspiracy theories’ and ‘politically motivated.’”

Further bolstering Arbeeny’s previous claim on the undercounting of coronavirus deaths, the suit also points to a report by Attorney General Letitia James, which noted that “the nursing home coronavirus death count had been undercounted by as much as 50 percent.”

The Post reports that Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi has denied in an email statement an association between the directive and nursing home coronavirus deaths.  He said:

“For all the emotion and politics generated around this issue, the facts are that both the AG and the Assembly critically examined this and concluded that the DOH March order had nothing to do with introducing COVID in nursing homes — also, as previously stated, Ms. DeRosa has nothing to do with this directive.”

He continued:

“We expect any fair hearing in a court of law will also bear this out.”

Arbeeny told the Post:

“I’m not going to let this go. We can’t.”

He added:

“I can’t let this happen again.”

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Biden’s DOJ lets Cuomo off the hook, won’t investigate his death sentence to nursing home patients

Originally published July 25, 2021

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WASHINGTON, DC- In a move that smacks of partisan politics, the Biden Department of Justice has dropped an investigation into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s subjecting that state’s nursing home patients to a virtual death sentence by putting COVID positive patients in that state’s nursing homes, the New York Post reports.

In a letter to US Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), ranking member of the House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, the DOJ’s Office of Legislative Affairs wrote that they were dropping the investigation, started under the Trump administration in connection with potential civil rights violations committed by Cuomo.

Other states were also let off the hook such as Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, all run by Democrats.

Last August, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division under then-Attorney General William Barr requested information from New York and the other states relative to the placement of “medically stable” COVID-19 patients into nursing and rehab facilities.

In the case of New York, the order was issued on March 25, 2020 from that state’s Department of Health. MR

The request of the states said those rules “may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents.”

“We have reviewed the information provided by these states along with additional information available to the Department,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General Joe Gaeta wrote on Friday.

“Based on that review, we have decided not to open a CRIPA investigation of any public nursing facility within New York, Pennsylvania, or Michigan at this time.”

Not so ironically, all four states’ governors are up for reelection next year.

Scalise was apoplectic upon receiving the news.

In a prepared statement, Scalise called it “outrageous that the Department of Justice refuses to investigate the deadly ‘must admit’ orders issued by governors in New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan that resulted in the deaths of thousands of senior citizens.”

He continued, “Where is the justice for nursing home victims and their grieving families? These deadly orders contradicted the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] guidance, and needlessly endangered the most vulnerable among us to the deadly COVID-19 virus,” Scalise said.

“Even worse, Governor Cuomo in New York intentionally tried to cover up the true death toll resulting from this mandate. Grieving families deserve answers and accountability. It’s unconscionable that Biden’s Department of Justice refuses to investigate the deadly actions that went against CDC’s medical guidance taken in these states.”

Hey Mr. Scalise, it’s not like he trespassed at the Capitol on January 6 or anything.

You expect an investigation over thousands of people dying at Cuomo’s hands when the DOJ has more important work to do, like finding people who committed criminal trespass at the Capitol? It’s all a matter of priorities after all.

Despite Biden’s DOJ letting Cuomo, Whitmer and the others off the hook, Cuomo is still facing other investigations relative to his COVID response, after the New York Post revealed that a top Cuomo aide had admitted that the administration had engaged in a coverup of the true number of COVID patients who died in nursing homes.

The FBI and the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office are investigating those allegations.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the third-ranking Republican in Congress also blasted the DOJ for the decision.

“This decision from President Biden’s Department of Justice makes President Biden complicit in the criminal corruption scandal and coverup of deaths of thousands of vulnerable seniors.”

Stefanik continued:

“New Yorkers deserve answers and accountability. I was the first member of Congress to call for an investigation into Governor Cuomo’s corrupt criminal coverup and I will continue to fight for the families who lost loved ones because of the cruelty and corruption of our governor.”

Those who lost loved ones due to Cuomo’s heartless decision were heartbroken by the DOJ’s decision.

“My heart is broken all over again,” said Haydee Pabey, whose mom died of COVID-19 in a northern Manhattan nursing home.

“The Justice Department turned its back on seniors who died. The Justice Department covered up the cover-up,” Pabey said.

“I do believe this is political. Biden doesn’t want to shed a negative light on Cuomo, the Democrats and the Democratic Party. He’s trying to sweep this under the rug.”

Meanwhile Vivian Zayas, whose mother Ana died after contracting the virus in a Long Island nursing home while recovering from knee surgery said:

“I’m sick to my stomach. We’re in disbelief. Cuomo’s mandate caused a wildfire and thousands of deaths of nursing home residents.”

Zayas too accused Biden of a cover up.

“Biden is covering up for Cuomo and other Democratic governors who followed his lead. Imagine if Trump did this? It’s a shame that this is partisan and grieving families are caught in a partisan game. It’s a partisan cover up. Who do we turn to now?! No one is curious about thousands of vulnerable elderly people who died of COVID through no fault of their own.”

One person who lost a relative in a nursing home to COVID who was initially one of Cuomo’s worst critics seems to be putting politics ahead of his uncle who died.

Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens said, “I think it’s too premature to conclude the Biden administration is letting Cuomo off the hook. There’s way too many investigations, including a criminal investigation.”

“I think closing this one investigation doesn’t mean there weren’t any wrongdoings in these facilities and also wrongdoings by this administration at the state level.”

After the initial request in August, the DOJ made a second request in October in which they requested information from both New York and New Jersey about the total number of nursing home deaths in each state respectively.

However as the Post notes, the Cuomo administration was rebuffing  lawmakers, reporters and others seeking the data. Gee, almost like they were trying to hide or cover up something.

One of Cuomo’s aides, Melissa DeRosa later privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the information during a Feb. 11 video conference call.

A recording of the call, obtained by The Post revealed that DeRosa said the Cuomo administration feared if the numbers were released, they would be “used against us” by the DOJ. She also said it appeared the feds had “dropped” the matter.

It is unknown if the DOJ is still reviewing the information requested in October, however the Cuomo administration acknowledged being under investigation by both the FBI and the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office.

In that case, the investigation surrounds Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes in the midst of the COVID crisis, and his $5.1 million deal for his pandemic memoir, state Senate Health Committee Chairman Gustavo Rivera said. He was interviewed by the Feds in May.

While Cuomo’s office hasn’t received official notification from the DOJ that they were dropping the ball on his mishandling of nursing home patients, they were verbally told they were not being investigation in connection with the 30 nursing homes, according to a source familiar with the case.

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