The top doctor in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is facing two new criminal charges over the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease linked to the Flint Water Crisis.
Detroit news station WXYZ is reporting that Dr. Eden Wells, who had been previously charged with Obstruction of Justice and lying to investigators, is now facing charges of Involuntary Manslaughter and Misconduct in Office.
Wells served as Michigan’s chief medical executive, and on Monday (Oct. 9), she became the sixth official to face involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with the crisis.
The charges stem from more than 80 cases of Legionnaires’ disease that were believed to be linked to the water in Flint after the city switched its source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in April 2014.
Prosecutors said Wells had previously lied to police about when she became aware of the Legionnaires’ outbreak and that she threatened a team of independent researchers who were studying the source of the disease.
The new charges are based on a review of documents and testimony that came out last week, according to the Detroit Free Press.
If convicted, Wells could face up to 15 years in prison.