German nurse arrested on suspicion of trying to poison five babies to death with morphineHerson Abinon
German nurse arrested on suspicion of trying to poison five babies to death with morphine.
Syringe containing painkiller-infused milk is found in locker
General view of the paediatric clinic of the Ulm University Clinic ( Reuters )
Doctors acted quickly and saved the lives of all five newborns, none of whom are expected to suffer long-term damage.
Upon searching the lockers of nurses who were working at the time of the incident, they found a syringe containing morphine-infused milk.
Following the discovery, the nurse, who has not been identified but was described as “young”, was placed in custody on Wednesday.
Morphine, a powerful painkiller, is commonly used in maternity wards, in particular, to treat the babies of addicts.
In a statement, the hospital said: “We very much regret that this incident could have happened and we sincerely apologise to the parents and children.”
Prosecutors believe the woman, who is undergoing a psychological evaluation, acted with premeditation.
The nurse, who faces multiple counts of attempted manslaughter and grievous bodily harm, has denied all charges.
The case evokes memories of German nurse Niels Högel who was jailed for life for murdering 85 patients by lethal injection.
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