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Japan police search home of nurse in hospital poison deaths

Posted On: Jul 12, 2018   |   Posted By: National Post

TOKYO - Japanese authorities on Thursday raided the apartment of a nurse who's in custody on suspicion of poisoning to death at least two elderly patients at a terminal care hospital.
Kanagawa prefectural police said they searched 31-year-old Ayumi Kuboki's apartment in Yokohama, near Tokyo, for more evidence in the case.
Kuboki has told police she may have poisoned about 20 patients to have them die when she was off-duty. She said she wanted to avoid going through the trouble of explaining the deaths to their families, according to local media reports.
Kuboki was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of killing two elderly male patients within days in September 2016 by injecting disinfectant into their intravenous drips at the former Oguchi Hospital, since renamed Yokohama Hajime Hospital, a Kanagawa police official said on condition of anonymity, citing department rules.
Prosecutors have more than two weeks to decide whether to indict the former nurse.
The hospital has acknowledged a higher death rate around...

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