Charges dismissed against COVID patient who assaulted senior citizen in nursing home

Marty Hayden, the father of Jadon, who is now 22 years old and facing multiple assault charges, including the beating of Norman Bledsoe inside a nursing home in west Detroit in May 2020, stated, “He shouldn’t be in prison.”

Hayden is unable to freely move in and out of his current location, which is a psychiatric facility in the Kalamazoo region. Following his determination of incompetence, the legal accusations against Jadon Hayden were dropped.

Marty Hayden said if his son had been convicted and sent to prison, it would have only worsened his mental health issues.

Marty Hayden, speaking to Action 7 News on Tuesday, explained that he cannot comprehend the seriousness of his son’s mental health problems. He stated, “He’s not going to be rehabilitated. The system is bound to disappoint him once again.”

Marty Hayden is seeking legal representation in order to hold accountable the individuals who he believes are responsible for placing his son in the nursing home, where he thinks his son was intentionally set up for failure and mistreated.

“Why should you place him in a nursing facility? All around senior citizens,” he said.

On the western side of Detroit, the two individuals resided in a shared space within the Westwood Nursing Center. While the military veteran rested in his bed, Jadon Hayden recorded himself continuously striking Bledsoe.

When Hayden Jadon was at home in a group in Washtenaw County, he called his father and told him that he thought people were trying to kill him and that he was hearing voices.

“He was in a state of crisis,” Marty Hayden said about his son who had a known history of aggressive behavior.

In May 2020, Hayden called 911 because Jadon, a 20-year-old who had dreams of becoming a boxer, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was sent to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor for treatment. His father said that Jadon was then sent to home nursing care.

Nursing homes have faced criticism for their financial motives as they take part in serving as COVID-19 hubs. The decision to allow nursing homes to provide ongoing care for COVID-19 recovery has been criticized by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state health officials.

Marty Hayden expressed his frustration, questioning the decision to place his child in a nursing home and stating that those responsible should have recognized his son’s history of aggressive behavior and other problems related to his schizophrenia.

Jadon Hayden’s lawyer, Brian Berry, expressed, “They ought to have been aware. I believe the establishment had an understanding of Jadon’s identity and the kind of care he required. I think they were aware, or had prior knowledge, that he had schizophrenia and it should have been dealt with in a different manner.”

Berry stated that although the charges were dismissed without prejudice, he believes it is improbable that the case will be filed again.

He stated, “Jadon’s state is unlikely to undergo significant changes.” “Regrettably, both the injured party and the accused found themselves in an unfavorable predicament.”

Bledsoe passed away in a different nursing center two months following the attack. His demise was not classified as a murder.

Geoffrey Fieger has been hired by Bledsoe’s family and a legal case has been initiated against the nursing home.

He said that he hopes those involved in placing his son in home nursing will be held accountable. Marty Hayden said he extends his condolences to the Bledsoe family.

7 Action News reached out to Westwood Nursing Center, but they have not replied.

Bledsoe’s sibling expressed his hope that someday, Jadon Hayden will face the consequences for his deeds.