Michigan Attorney General to Charge 3 People in Flint Water Crisis

April 19, 2016 Updated: April 19, 2016

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will announce charges against three people for their involvement in the Flint water crisis, ABC News reports. 

The charges stemming from the investigation will include felonies. 

Up to 12,000 children were exposed to dangerous levels of lead.

Schuette will make a formal announcement of the charges on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. 

Among the charged are one Flint water department employee and two mid-level engineers with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. One of them will be charged for falsifying government documents. 

The source of water for Flint was changed from the Detroit River to the Michigan River, after the Detroit government cut off the city of Flint. 

Flint had announced plans to build  its own water pipelines, which would allow it to wean off its dependency on Detroit. Detroit retaliated against Flint by prematurely cutting off its water supply. 

United Way estimates that as a result of the Flint water crisis, up to 12,000 children were exposed to dangerous levels of lead in the water for a prolonged period of time.