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Suspect who brutally beat 75-year-old vet till he bled from his head will not face criminal charges

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The 22-year-old suspect who recorded himself repeatedly striking a 75-year-old vet in the head will not face criminal charges in connection with the attack.

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Authorities say Jadon Hayden pummeled Norman Bledsoe while the two shared a room at the Westwood Nursing Center in Detroit, Michigan, in 2020. Hayden also reportedly recorded the attack.

According to a report from WXYZ-TV, Hayden — who is said to have diagnoses of both autism and schizophrenia — pummeled Bledsoe, beating him until he bled from his head.

In the graphic video, Hayden said, "See this b**** a** n**** here? Get the f*** off my bed, n**** ... F*** wrong with you?" The video made waves across the internet at the time, prompting the Detroit Police Department to launch an investigation into the attack.

Authorities soon arrested Hayden in connection with the vicious incident and charged him with two counts of assault with the intent to do great bodily harm. The charges against Hayden were ultimately dismissed after a judge found him incompetent to stand trial. Bledsoe passed away two months after the attack, having been transferred to another nursing facility. Details on the cause of Bledsoe's death were not released at the time.

Hayden's father, Marty, said that his son was living in a group home prior to contracting COVID-19 in 2020 and was moved to an area nursing home to recuperate.

"He was in crisis mode," Marty said and added that he can't imagine why the facility would house his son an elderly man like Bledsoe. “They dropped the ball. Why would they put my child in a nursing home? All around elderly people?”

Hayden's attorney said that health care administrators never should have placed the suspect in a room with the elderly vet.

“I think the facility had an idea of who Jadon was and what type of treatment he needed,” Hayden's attorney told the station. “I think they knew or had a history that he was schizophrenic and it should have been handled differently.”

Hayden is now living in a psychiatric hospital in the Kalamazoo area of Michigan.

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