The family of an elderly man beaten in a Detroit nursing home identify him as 75-year-old Norman Bledsoe. The May 15 incident was caught on video, went viral, and even President Trump reacted.
Kevin Bledsoe, the victim’s nephew, said his uncle is in Sinai-Grace Hospital recovering.
“Our uncle is doing better, much better. The catch-22 is will he be released back to this facility which is unacceptable,” Bledsoe said.
Kevin said his uncle was a Highland Park police officer for a time, and described him as a “solid guy.”
Norman was beaten last week at Westwood Nursing Center by a fellow resident. The 20-year-old suspect is seen in the video.
“Who took the video? This wasn’t just done by one person,” Kevin said.
He feels the facility dropped the ball. On Friday, the suspect’s father told 7 Action News his son has mental health issues and he was moved to Westwood because he has COVID-19.
“I have not heard that,” Kevin said of the suspect’s alleged COVID-19 status.
“If my uncle is subject to COVID, and now if he has COVID, that’s a whole nother (sic) different situation that we’re going to have to deal with.”
As the Bledsoe family takes legal action and police investigate, his message to the suspect is short and simple.
“We (going to) crush you like a grape. It’s only a matter of time. It’s only a matter of time,” he said.