Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Jaden T. Hayden, 20 (DOB: 06/29/1999), of Ypsilanti, MI in connection with the beating of Norman Bledsoe, 75, of Detroit.
On Friday, May 15, 2020, at 6:55 p.m., Defendant Hayden was sharing a room with Mr. Bledsoe in a nursing facility located in the 16850 block of Schaefer Highway in Detroit when he set up his cell phone in the room. It is alleged that Hayden severely attacked the defenseless man by repeatedly punching him in the head.
Nursing home staff heard the commotion and rendered assistance to Mr. Bledsoe who was observed with bleeding and injuries to the left and right side of his head. Based upon information from the defendant the staff was led to believe he has fallen from his bed. Mr. Bledsoe was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
It is alleged that Defendant Hayden posted videos on social media after the attack, and that he also, stole Mr. Bledsoe's credit cards. The videos were brought to the attention of the Ann Arbor Police Department. As a result of their investigation, information provided to the Detroit Police Department resulted in the arrest of Defendant Hayden on the afternoon of May 21st.
Defendant Hayden has been 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/Retain Without Consent.*
"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", said Prosecutor Worthy.
Hayden was arraigned on May 24, 2020 in 34th District Court in Romulus. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for June 4, 2020 and the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for June 11, 2020 in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $300,000 cash/surety bond. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. #####