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20-year-old roommate charged in beating of 75-year-old at Detroit nursing home

Detroit Free Press logo Detroit Free Press 5/24/2020 Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press
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A 20-year-old Ypsilanti man has been charged with multiple felonies in the beating of a 75-year-old at a Detroit nursing home after a graphic video of the incident circulated on social media. 

Jaden T. Hayden is charged with two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, larceny in a building and two counts of financial transaction device steal/retaining without consent, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said in a new release Sunday. Hayden is expected to be arraigned Sunday in the 34th District Court in Romulus. 

“The alleged actions of this defendant are truly and uniquely disturbing. We must be able to trust our loved ones in specialty care facilities. I truly hope that the facts of this case are one of a kind,” Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in the news release.

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Hayden and 75-year-old Norman Bledsoe shared a room at Westwood Rehabilitation Nursing Center. Hayden allegedly set up his cellphone in the room May 15 when he began to attack Bledsoe by repeatedly punching him in the head

When nursing home staff came into the room, Bledsoe's injuries were thought to be the result of him falling from his bed, according to the release. At that time he was taken to the local hospital for treatment of his injuries. 

Hayden then allegedly posted the video to social media and later stole Bledsoe's credit cards, police said. 

The social media videos were originally noticed by the Ann Arbor Police Department and passed on to the Detroit Police Department. Hayden was arrested by Detroit police May 21. 

Meredith Spelbring is a news intern with the Detroit Free Press. Reach her at or on Twitter @mere0415.

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