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The FBI and U.S. attorney are investigating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Democrats are moving to strip Cuomo of his emergency powers while the investigation is ongoing.
Last March, Cuomo issued an order sending coronavirus patients from hospitals into nursing homes, rather than to a Navy hospital ship that was anchored in the NY harbor.
Thousands of elderly nursing home residents died after being exposed to the sick patients.
Cuomo came under fire this month when Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa told a group of key Democrats in a closed-door meeting that Cuomo's administration had initially undercounted the true numbers of deaths of elderly residents by 50 percent.
Queens assemblyman Democrat Ron Kim was among those angry over the revelation. His uncle died in a nursing home.
"You can't hide information because you think you could be politically hurt in the process," Kim said during the virtual meeting.
DeRosa said the administration withheld information requested by the DOJ because “President Trump turns this into a giant political football... He directs the Department of Justice to do an investigation into us... Basically, we froze because then we were in a position where we weren't sure if what we were going to give to the [DOJ] or what we give to you guys... Was going to be used against us..."
Family members are furious that the Democrats were playing politics with their loved ones' lives.
"We need to get people subpoenaed. We need to get them under oath and find out who knew what when," Republican Assemblyman William Barclay said.
The GOP criticized the DOJ for not ramping up the investigation months ago when it was common knowledge that thousands died as a result of Cuomo's order.
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The 20-year-old man who filmed himself punching an elderly Army veteran in a Detroit nursing home was moved to the nursing home after he was diagnosed with Covid-19, his father says.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Ok'd the transfer of Covid-19 patients to nursing homes where the most vulnerable elderly population is housed.
"He never should have been housed -- quarantine with the victim that he eventually assaulted. That should have never happened," said the suspect's father who asked not to be identified. He said his son has a history of mental health issues.
Police were unaware of the assault until after the video went viral on social media. The suspect was identified by social media users, but his name has not been released by police.
The suspect is also under investigation for beating a staffer at a group home where he was sent after being diagnosed with Covid-19 at the University of Michigan Hospital.
The attack, which was filmed by the suspect, happened on May 15 at the Westwood Nursing Home in northwest Detroit, police confirmed.
The suspect was arrested Thursday and is being held without bond on assault and battery charges.
The 75-year-old patient is being treated for his injuries at a local hospital. The man's family said they had no idea their father was taken from his apartment and placed in a nursing home in northwest Detroit. They said they tried calling him at his apartment but he didn't answer.
The viral video caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted late Thursday: "Is this even possible to believe? Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?"
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was heavily criticized for sending Covid-19 patients to nursing homes in that state. Thousands of nursing home patients died from the coronavirus in NY before Cuomo reversed his decision.
80% of all Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. are nursing home patients and people over age 65.
A male certified nursing assistant was arrested in Florida on multiple charges of sexually assaulting elderly women in his care at a Clearwater, Florida nursing facility.
Felo Kane told Clearwater police he has a "fetish for older female patients under his care."
Authorities say Kane, 32, is charged with four counts of sexual battery of the physically helpless.
In May 2016, Kane inappropriately fondled and kissed a disabled stroke patient while changing her adult diaper. The patient told him multiple times to stop, but authorities say Kane forced her to touch his genitals.
In a second incident, Kane fondled another female patient while changing her adult diaper.
When she protested, he reportedly told the woman, "don't worry, I'm just cleaning you."
According to WFTS, Kane touched and fondled older patients at two separate nursing facilities from 2016 to 2019.
WFLA-TV identified one of the facilities as Clearwater Center.
Some of the family members of patients at the Clearwater facility are angry over the possibility that Kane fondled their loved ones.
In some states male nursing staff are prohibited from being alone in a room with vulnerable female patients, for obvious reasons.
Phoenix police are investigating a sexual assault at a nursing facility after a woman in a persistent vegetative state for 14 years gave birth to a baby in her bed last month.
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