75-Year-Old Nursing Home Patient Beaten By Detroit Man In Viral Video Dies

Per the Detroit News, a 75-year-old nursing home resident who was the alleged victim of a videotaped beating in May that made national news died Monday morning, his nephew said.

Late may, the 20 year old Detroit man who was captured on a viral video beating an elderly man at a nursing home was arrested.

Actor James Woods had tweeted the video, writing “This is a nursing home. Please someone explain why this is happening and unreported.”

The Detroit News reports a 75-year-old nursing home resident who was the alleged victim of a videotaped beating in May that made national news died Monday morning, his nephew said.

Norman Bledsoe had been depressed and was not eating properly since the May 15 beating at the Westwood Nursing Center in the 16850 block of Schaefer Highway on Detroit’s northwest side, his nephew Kevin Bledsoe said.

“His eating habits went downhill after (the alleged assault), and he lost quite a bit of weight,” Kevin Bledsoe said.

Bledsoe said he learned from his father Monday morning about his uncle’s death, although he was unsure of the cause.

Jaden Hayden, 20, of Ypsilanti faces two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, theft, and two counts of credit card theft in connection with the alleged beating. He is awaiting a July 30 hearing to determine if he’s mentally competent to stand trial, assistant Wayne County prosecutor Maria Miller said Monday.

Kevin Bledsoe said his uncle suffered four broken fingers, broken ribs and a broken jaw as a result of the attack.

Police also investigated other videos Hayden posted on his YouTube channel that they said appear to show him assaulting other people. Among the videos that Hayden posted are ones claiming African Americans are the “chosen people,” female celebrities are really men and the novel coronavirus is God’s punishment for gays and lesbians.

Because of the COVID-19 emergency, Bledsoe said visitors were kept away from the nursing home where his uncle was staying until last week.

“We finally were able to see him last week,” he said. “He wasn’t doing very good. I guess there just wasn’t anything else they could do for him.”

Jaden Hayden (Photo: Detroit Police Department)