|Dutch nurse charged with killing 14 patients |
Reuters in Amsterdam
Thursday May 9, 2002
A Dutch nurse has been charged with murdering 14 babies, young children and elderly patients in four hospitals in the Hague over a period of more than four years, public prosecutors said yesterday.
The 40-year-old woman is accused of killing five babies and children and nine elderly people in her care with lethal drug doses while working in hospitals between February 1997 and September 2001.
The nurse, who was also charged with four attempted murders, is due to go on trial in the Hague next month. Her victims included babies younger than a year old and patients as old as 91, the prosecutors said.
The woman, whose identity was not revealed, is also accused of forging school certificates to qualify for her medical training. At least one of her alleged victims died while in a prison hospital.
The prosecution statement said she was suspected of killing with injections of substances such as potassium and morphine.
The statement gave no indication of what illnesses the alleged victims were suffering from.
In Britain, Beverly Allitt was jailed for 13 years in 1992 for murdering four children and trying to harm nine others while she was nursing.
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