Former Leaders of Soldiers’ Home Charged with Negligence
The superintendent and medical director of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home are facing charges of neglect and bodily harm related to five veterans under their care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indictments were returned by a grand jury on Thursday against former Superintendent Bennet Walsh and medical director Dr. David Clinton. Each is facing 10 counts -- five each for criminal neglect and for serious bodily injury -- and face up to 10 years in prison on each charge. They are expected to be arraigned on these charges.
The outbreak at the Soldiers' Home in March is believed to have resulted in the loss of at least 76 lives. Walsh was removed in March and summarily fired in June after a damning independent report on conditions at the veterans home commissioned by the state. Earlier this week, a Hampden Superior Court judge ruled that Gov. Charlie Baker did not have the authority to remove Walsh and that it was up to the Board of Trustees. The board is expected to meet next week.
The investigation launched in April, which included Medicaid fraud team investigators, spoke with more than 90 family members of veterans and others who called into the attorney general's office.
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