20-Year-Old Michigan Man With Coronavirus Charged With Assault for Beating 75-Year-Old Nursing Home Patient He Was Sharing a Room With

A 20-year-old Detroit man who was sent to a nursing home because he contracted COVID-19 was arrested for assault and battery after a video he shared on social media showed him repeatedly punching a 75-year-old patient in the head and face. | Twitter/Alex Salvi

A 20-year-old man who was sent to a nursing home because he contracted COVID-19 was charged Sunday morning with two counts of “assault with intent to do great bodily harm” for repeatedly punching a 75-year-old patient who he was sharing a room with. 

Jaden Hayden of Ypsilanti, Michigan, has also been charged with “larceny in a building” and two counts of “financial transaction device, steal/retain without consent” for allegedly stealing credit cards belonging to Norman Bledsoe, an Army veteran and patient at Westwood Nursing Center in Detroit.

“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 care are one of a kind,” Prosecutor Kym Worthy said of the May 10 incident that Hayden videotaped on his cell phone and posted on social media.

Hayden was arrested Thursday, six days after the incident, according to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office. Police in Ann Arbor and Detroit first learned of the attack after the public alerted them about the video that was being circulated on social media.

The suspect’s father told Fox2 in Detroit that he’s praying for the elderly victim and explained that his son has autism and several health issues. The 20-year-old Hayden was at a mental health facility in Ann Arbor where he reportedly complained that he was unable to sleep, was feeling anxious, and hearing voices. He was moved to Westwood Nursing Center on Detroit’s west side in early May after being diagnosed as having COVID-19.

“It should’ve never happened because he should’ve never been put in that environment,” the father was quoted as saying. “Had I known he was there I would’ve never consented to it.”

“He never should have been housed… quarantined with the victim that he eventually assaulted. That should have never happened,” WXYZ quoted the father as saying.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar