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Ex-nurse indicted for killing 3 elderly patients at Yokohama hospital

Prosecutors in Yokohama have indicted a 31-year-old former nurse over the murders of three terminally ill patients at a hospital by injecting a disinfectant into their intravenous drip bag.
Ayumi Kuboki, who was arrested in July on suspicion of killing at least three and possibly a fourth patient, was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation for three months from September until the end of November, Fuji TV reported. Prosecutors said the evaluation had found her mentally fit to stand trial.
Kuboki has been charged with killing Nobuo Yamaki and Sozo Nishikawa, both 88, who were in the same terminal-care ward at Oguchi Hospital, as well as one other elderly patient.
Kuboki worked at the hospital, which has since been renamed Yokohama Hajime Hospital, from mid-2015 until early 2017. Authorities say that between July and Sept 20, 2016, 48 patients died at the hospital, including five patients on a single day in late August and four on one day in early September, but Kuboki has only admitted to killing three patients.
After her arrest, Kuboki said she injected the disinfectant into their drips so they would die when she was off duty. She was quoted by police as saying that if the patients died while she was not at work, she wouldn’t have to go through the ordeal of discussing their deaths with bereaved family members.


© Japan Today
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