Ontario nurse charged with eight counts of first degree murder in nursing home deaths
A Woodstock nurse has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in a string of deaths at long-term care homes dating back nearly a decade.
Ontario Provincial Police announced the charges against Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, 49, of Woodstock on Tuesday following a multi-jurisdictional probe involving long-term care homes in Woodstock and London.
The victims were administered a drug, but police would not name the drug or a motive for the killings.
Seven of the victims were residents of at Caressant Care in Woodstock. One victim was a resident of Meadow Park in London.
Wettlaufer worked at both residences, police said.
Lee Griffi, manager of corporate communications at Caressant Care, said in a statement that the company is “cooperating fully with police investigating the actions of a former staff member, a registered nurse, who left our Home’s employ approximately two and a half years ago.”
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