Michigan health chief charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint water probe

The director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the Flint Water Emergency.

One of those charges has since been dropped against Mike Glasgow who ran the Flint water treatment plant in 2014. For starters, he failed to notify the public of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, according to the charges.

Wells, Michigan's chief medical officer, is charged with obstruction of justice and lying to an investigator.

Check back with ABC12.com for updates. Lyon is the highest-ranking official to be charged in the state attorney general's investigation.

He also faces up to five years in prison for misconduct for allegedly instructing his staff to stop an analysis that would have helped to determine the cause of the outbreak.

The others are people who were already facing charges in the state's investigation of how Flint's water system became poisoned with lead.

Jeff Seipenko, a special agent with the attorney general, told a judge that Lyon was personally briefed in January 2015 but "took no action to alert the public of a deadly" outbreak until almost a year later.

State officials estimated that 87 people were infected in the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, a form of pneumonia that is usually found in fresh water.

Pluta says people in Flint have told him they want guarantees of health care for issues caused by the lead-contaminated water, money to replace appliances, and things of that nature, not that they want someone convicted.

Now in a breaking development two state officials have been charged with crimes, including the state's health department head Nick Lyon.

So far, 15 current or former state or City of Flint officials have been charged, including two emergency managers who were appointed by the governor and reported to the state treasurer. And in March, Corrine Miller - the state's former director of disease control - was sentenced to probation and ordered to write an apology to residents after pleading no contest to willful neglect of duty.

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