Flint water crisis: five officials charged with involuntary manslaughter

Attorney general says the charges are a turning point in the investigation into water contamination in Flint, after the death of 85-year-old Robert Skidmore

Five Michigan officials including the head of the state health department have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, related to the crisis over lead poisoning in drinking water in the city of Flint.

The charges are related to the death of 85-year-old Robert Skidmore, one of a dozen Flint residents who contracted Legionnaires’ disease and died after the city’s water source was changed to save money.

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