Nurses charged in 16 mercy killings in Uruguay
Uruguay: Prosecutors in Uruguay filed murder charges Sunday
against two nurses for at least 16 mercy killings, and jailed the
suspects, the judge in charge of the case said. The male nurses, 39 and
46, were charged with homicides of patients both at a private
Neurological Intensive Care Center and a public hospital's
intermediate-level care unit.
A girlfriend of one of the men was charged with covering up
information related to the case.
Judge Rolando Vomero, who is in charge of the investigation, has not
said exactly how many deaths are being probed in total. But he said that
so far, one of the suspects has admitted to 11 killings and the other to
Defense attorney Ines Mazziotti said the killings were for “mercy.”
“After 20 years (working) in intensive care, or constant stress on the
edge of life and death, he could not take it anymore,” she said of one
of the suspects, who were not immediately identified.
The nurses worked separately and barely knew one another, local daily
El Pais reported. More than 50 deaths could be involved overall, the
The Health Ministry also has voiced “deep concern” and says it is
working to help move the investigation along.