TOKYO — Japanese authorities on Thursday raided the condo of a nurse who’s in custody on suspicion of poisoning to demise not less than two aged sufferers at a terminal care hospital. Kanagawa prefectural police stated they searched 31-year-old Ayumi Kuboki’s condo in Yokohama, close to Tokyo, for extra proof within the case.
Kuboki has advised police she could have poisoned about 20 sufferers to have them die when she was off-duty. She stated she needed to keep away from going by means of the difficulty of explaining the deaths to their households, in keeping with native media stories.
Kuboki was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of killing two aged male sufferers inside days in September 2016 by injecting disinfectant into their intravenous drips on the former Oguchi Hospital, since renamed Yokohama Hajime Hospital, a Kanagawa police official stated on situation of anonymity, citing division guidelines.
Prosecutors have greater than two weeks to determine whether or not to indict the previous nurse.
The hospital has acknowledged the next demise charge round that point, elevating hypothesis that the poisoning could have been systematic and extra widespread. In 2016, a hospital lawyer advised The Related Press that 46 different sufferers had died on the identical flooring from July 1 till late September that 12 months.
The suspect, who had left the job since, denied any accountability when requested in regards to the deaths by Japanese tv networks final 12 months.
The case surfaced on Sept. 20, 2016, when the hospital knowledgeable police of a doable poisoning after 88-year-old Nobuo Yamaki died whereas receiving an intravenous injection. Police confirmed his IV answer had been contaminated with a disinfectant.
Police then discovered there was one other sufferer, Sozo Nishikawa, who died two days earlier. Police obtained maintain of his physique simply earlier than cremation and performed an post-mortem, which confirmed he had been poisoned with the identical disinfectant.
Investigators additionally reportedly discovered tiny puncture marks in 10 of about 50 unused intravenous baggage saved on the nursing station on the fourth flooring, which handles the terminally unwell.
The hospital, which had stopped taking new sufferers, took measures to enhance security and oversight and resumed operation below a brand new title, Yokohama Hajime Hospital.
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