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In Canada Nurse charged with murder of eight elderly patients

Police arrested Elizabeth Tracy Wettlaufer and charged her with eight counts of first-degree murder

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The Caressant Care Woodstock Long Term Care Home, where police accuse nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer of killing seven elderly patients, is seen in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada October 25, 2016. play

The Caressant Care Woodstock Long Term Care Home, where police accuse nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer of killing seven elderly patients, is seen in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada October 25, 2016.

(Reuters)

A 49-year-old Canadian nurse is facing eight murder charges in connection with the deaths of elderly patients at two nursing homes in southwestern Ontario, police said on Tuesday.

Police arrested Elizabeth Tracy Wettlaufer and charged her with eight counts of first-degree murder, police said during news conference in Woodstock, about 140 kilometres southwest of Toronto.

“The homicides occurred at nursing homes in Woodstock and London, in the province of Ontario, between 2007 and 2014,’’ Woodstock police Chief William Renton said.

Renton said that the victims were between the ages of 75 and 96.

Police would not say how the victims died, except that seven were administered a fatal dose of a drug.

Renton told newsmen that the investigation began on Sept. 29, after police were tipped off that a nurse was involved in the murders of eight patients in two long-term care facilities in Woodstock and London.

“While the police investigation is still ongoing, authorities are confident that all the victims have been identified.

“Eight murder charges are the most brought against any individual in Ontario since eight men were killed in a gangland execution in 2006,’’ Renton stressed.

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