Manslaughter charge filed in Flint water case

(FLINT, WJRT) --- Michigan's chief medical executive is facing more serious charges related to the Flint water emergency.

During a preliminary hearing in court on Monday, Special Prosecutor Todd Flood announced that Eden Wells also will be charged with felonies of involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office. She already was facing felony charges of misconduct and lying Flint to investigators.

Wells is accused of failing to alert the public in a timely fashion of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak caused by Flint's April 24 switch from the Detroit water system to pumping drinking water out of the Flint River.

Wells' preliminary hearing on the earlier misconduct and lying charges got under way Monday in 67th District Court. That hearing was stopped when Flood announced the new charges.

A new preliminary hearing is expected to be scheduled in November.

Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, also is charged separately with involuntary manslaughter related to the Flint water emergency and ensuing Legionnaire's outbreak. He is accused of contributing to the death of a Flint man for not alerting the public in a timely fashion.