Holyoke Soldiers’ Home former superintendent, medical director to be arraigned in November

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP/SHNS) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday announced that former Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home will be arraigned in early November.

The arraignment date has been scheduled for Thursday, November 5 at the Hampden County Superior Court at 11 a.m.

Both men are facing criminal neglect charges for their roles in the deadly COVID-19 outbreak that contributed to the death of at least 76 residents at the facility this past spring. 

Healey last month charged former superintendent Bennett Walsh and David Clinton, the home’s former medical director, each with five counts of caretaker neglect of an elder or disabled person and five counts of causing or permitting serious bodily injury to an elder or disabled person, alleging they put veterans’ lives at risk by combining residents who were symptomatic or COVID-positive into close quarters with residents who were still asymptomatic.

The outbreak is also under investigation by U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, and the Legislature has established a special joint oversight committee that has until March 31, 2021, to submit findings and recommendations. 

You can read the AG’s original announcement of the indictment here.

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