Daily Beast: Bennett Walsh and Dr. David Clinton, former leaders of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, have been charged with criminal neglect for allegedly contributing to a horrific COVID-19 outbreak in the home that killed at least 76 residents.
CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR NEGLIGENT BEHAVIOR LEADING TO DEATH FROM COVID https://t.co/sMWf5o6v3b
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) September 25, 2020
Both Bennett and Clinton were indicted on five counts of “wantonly or recklessly” allowing neglect, injury, abuse, or mistreatment of a disabled or older person.
The home that housed elderly veterans has been under investigation since the beginning of April when excessive numbers of residents fell victim to COVID-19, apparently due to staffing shortages, mismanagement, and a lack of precautions.
NEW: 2 hit with criminal charges after more than 70 people died of coronavirus at Massachusetts nursing home. 42 veterans, some of them suffering from COVID-19, were put into a single unit that accommodates 25 https://t.co/huG2yUzxxg
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) September 25, 2020
“We allege that the actions of these defendants during the COVID-19 outbreak at the facility put veterans at higher risk of infection and death and warrant criminal charges,” state attorney general Maura Healey said.