Two former leaders of a state-run veterans home in Massachusetts where dozens of residents died in a coronavirus outbreak were indicted on criminal charges and face possible jail time, the state’s top law enforcement official said Friday.
The charges against Bennett Walsh, a former superintendent of the home, and David Clinton, a former medical director, stem from their alleged roles in abuse and mistreatment of elderly and disabled residents at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. At least 76 veterans in the home died of covid-19 as the novel coronavirus swept through the institution, and an additional 84 residents and 80 staff members tested positive.
“We believe this is the first criminal case in the country brought against those involved in nursing homes during the covid-19 pandemic,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said. “We are alleging that Walsh and Clinton were ultimately responsible for a decision on March 27th that led to tragic and deadly results.”