Last Updated on February 17, 2022
A Michigan elderly patient, who was beaten on more than one occasion by a 20-year-old man who was staying at the same healthcare facility, passed away on Monday after his health reportedly took a turn for the worse after the brutal assaults, according to his nephew.
In mid May, viral videos showing Jaden Hayden from Ypsilanti beat 75-year-old Norman Bledsoe led to the young man’s arrest. Haden was placed in the nursing home after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer apparently adopted a policy similar to the one employed in New York, and began sending COVID-19 positive patients to nursing homes.
The horrific incident garnered tens of thousands of engagements shortly after the news broke with President Trump commenting on the videos, tweetin: “Is this even possible to believe? Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?”
Due to the beatings, Bledsoe suffered four broken fingers, a broken jaw, and broken ribs. The elderly patient’s appetite and mood collapsed after the attacks, according to his nephew, Kevin Bledsoe.
Kevin said that “His eating habits went downhill after [the alleged assault], and he lost quite a bit of weight,” reported The Detroit News.
“We finally were able to see him last week,” Kevin added, referring to coronavirus restrictions. “He wasn’t doing very good. I guess there just wasn’t anything else they could do for him,” he said.
When Hayden was arrested, it was revealed that he had also used Bledsoe’s credit cards. As a result the 20 year old faces “two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, theft, and two counts of credit card theft.”
Hayden is awaiting a hearing on July 30 to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial.
Investigators discovered Hayden’s YouTube channel where he allegedly assaulted other people, espoused black supremacist views, and accused female celebrities of being men.
The victim’s family has signaled their intent to sue the Westwood Nursing Center.
After the initial news broke, National File reported on other incidents at nursing homes, where seniors were attacked:
Although the senior attacked by Jaden Hayden required medical treatment, some patients were not as lucky–as some of them suffered permanent injuries or even death.
The Red Elephants go onto talk about a case from last year, where a black woman repeatedly punched a 95-year-old dementia patient to the point where he lost an eye.
Wakeisha Culler, 53, brutally assaulted the helpless man at a Virginia care home. According to WTVR, “she was arrested and charged with abuse and neglect of incapacitated adults and terminated from her job at the assisted living facility.”
Around the time of the attack, Whitmer was criticized for allowing an LGBT BDSM club that offers glory holes for gay men to apparently pursue anonymous sex to remain open despite stringent COVID-19 restrictions for most of the economy.