Back in May, the world was horrified when a video of a 75-year-old
man being brutally beaten in a Detriot nursing home was uploaded to the
internet. Sadly, that man passed away on Monday. However, it's not known
at this time if his death is connected to the attack. The family of
Norman Bledsoe, the victim, reports that the elderly man began to stop
eating after being beaten at the Westwood Nursing Center, reports
Fox2Detroit. The attack was so severe that Bledsoe had broken ribs, four
broken fingers, and a broken jaw. The family is currently planning to
file a suit against the nursing home over its lax security measures,
which they believe allowed the assault to happen.
According to police, the perpetrator of the heinous assault was a
20-year-old man named Jaden Hayden, who was arrested and charged with
two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, as well as
theft, along with two counts credit card theft in connection to the
beating. He's scheduled to stand before a judge to determine if he's
competent to stand trial. However, speaking to Fox 2, the man's father
paints a very different picture of the person we saw on camera, nearly
beating an elderly man to death.
He said following the incident in May that his son suffered from severe mental health issues growing up, including autism. The man claims that his son called him from a group home in Chelsea about a week before the incident. During the call, he reportedly told his dad that he was having difficulty sleeping, was suffering from anxiety attacks, and was hearing voices in his head. The father also mentioned that his son had also been diagnosed with COVID-19 and was sent to another facility to be quarantined. He noted that his son should have never been placed in a senior living facility, to begin with.
Other reports suggest that Hayden had a history of behavioral issues and should have been monitored more closely at the nursing home. "I just don't want people to think that he's this vicious individual. He's got mental issues," the father said.
Meanwhile, Kevin Bledsoe, the victim's nephew, said his uncle would not eat and fell into a severe depression following the attack. "His eating habits went downhill after (the alleged assault), and he lost quite a bit of weight," he said, according to Detroit News.
Because of the pandemic, Bledsoe noted that family members had not been able to visit the facility until just last week.
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