Man, 20, charged in nursing home assault recorded on video

Posted at 1:19 PM, May 24, 2020

DETROIT (AP) — A 20-year-old Detroit nursing home patient was charged Sunday with beating his 75-year-old roommate in an assault that authorities say the younger man recorded on his cellphone and posted on social media.

Jaden T. Hayden of Ypsilanti was charged with two counts of assault, larceny and two counts of stealing a financial transaction device, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said. It was not clear whether he has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.

Hayden was sharing a room with Norman Bledsoe when authorities allege that he set up a cellphone and recorded himself beating the older man.

Hayden told nursing home staff who found Bledsoe bleeding on May 15 that Bledsoe had fallen out of bed, prosecutors said. Bledsoe had head injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Hayden posted video of the attack on social media, prosecutors said, and also stole Bledsoe's credit cards. He was arrested on Thursday after the video was brought to the attention of police.

An attorney for the nursing home told WJXK-TV that staff members were not aware of the attack until they saw the video. Hayden was not a long-term resident of the nursing home, the attorney said.