MDHHS Releases Statement on Videotaped Beating at Detroit Nursing Facility

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LANSIG, MI – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued the following statement on the videotaped beating of an elderly man at Westwood Nursing Center in Detroit:

Like other viewers, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) was deeply disturbed by a video that was widely shared on social media showing a man beating an elderly man who was in his bed at a nursing facility.

The department would like to correct inaccurate information that was shared on social media. The man who is accused in the assault is not an MDHHS employee, and the attack did not occur at a department facility.

MDHHS staff are dedicated to providing the best possible care for the patients in our facilities. MDHHS’s Adult Protective Services, which takes very seriously its duty to protect vulnerable adults from abuse, also gathered pertinent information resulting in identifying and locating the perpetrator and provided the information to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and law enforcement, which led to the arrest. 

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