Court lets man caught on video beating elderly patient skate — for now

The case against Jadon Hayden, the 22-year-old man who recorded himself assaulting  75-year-old Norman Bledsoe at Westwood Nursing Center, was dismissed in late April. It was ruled that Hayden was incompetent to stand trial, however, if his mental state improves he could once again face charges.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office, “The defendant is under the jurisdiction of the probate court. He will receive treatment and his progress is monitored. Should the defendant regain competence WCPO can recharge the case.”

His father, Marty Hayden, claimed he felt relief when the case was dismissed, saying that his son was diagnosed with autism as a child and then later, schizophrenia. But he doesn’t see his son ever getting better enough to stand trial for what he has allegedly done, according to Fox2 Detroit.


(Video: Fox2 Detroit)

“The mental state my son is in now, he has not gotten much better and I don’t foresee him getting better to the degree to stand trial.”

“Thinking that my son could go to prison for many years, that just put more pressure on me,” he claimed. “But once the case was dismissed it really lifted a lot of burden off my shoulders.”

He did feel some sympathy for the elderly man who was beaten by his son, though he blames the system for putting his mentally ill son in the same room as Bledsoe.

“This elderly man, I want to send out my condolences to his family because he should still be here,” he said. “That should’ve never happened.”

The father says that prior to May 2020, Hayden was living at a group home, and was removed from the group home and transferred to a hospital to receive mental health treatment. However, he was infected with COVID-19 and was sent to Westwood Nursing Center to quarantine. This is where Mr. Hayden blames the staff for allegedly “setting him up for failure.”

“Once they found out he got Covid they were more interested in trying to quarantine him somewhere.”

“They put him in a situation where they pretty much set him up for failure,” he noted. “They didn’t care. In my eyes, he never should’ve been there.”

Following the beating, Bledsoe was transferred to a different nursing home where he would pass away two months later. His death was never deemed to be a homicide as he reportedly didn’t die due to the injuries he received. However, the man’s family claims that he was never the same after the assault.

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Hayden is now receiving mental health treatment at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital.

Bledsoe’s family is currently suing Westwood Nursing Center over the assault, and declined to comment on the story, according to Fox 2.

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