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Ontario nurse charged with eight counts of first degree murder in nursing home deaths

National Post National Post 25/10/2016 Dale Carruthers, Postmedia News

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, charged in the deaths of 8 people in two nursing homes. © Facebook Elizabeth Wettlaufer, charged in the deaths of 8 people in two nursing homes. A Woodstock nurse has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in a string of deaths at long-term care homes dating back nearly a decade. 

Ontario Provincial Police announced the charges against Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, 49, of Woodstock on Tuesday following a multi-jurisdictional probe involving long-term care homes in Woodstock and London. 

The victims were administered a drug, but police would not name the drug or a motive for the killings.

Seven of the victims were residents of at Caressant Care in Woodstock. One victim was a resident of Meadow Park in London.

Wettlaufer worked at both residences, police said. 

woodstock: Mike Hensen/Postmedia News © Mike Hensen/Postmedia News Mike Hensen/Postmedia News Lee Griffi, manager of corporate communications at Caressant Care, said in a statement that the company is “cooperating fully with police investigating the actions of a former staff member, a registered nurse, who left our Home’s employ approximately two and a half years ago.”

Wettlaufer appeared in court Tuesday and was remanded into custody.

Investigators released a list of the victims:

James Silcox, 84, a resident at Caressant Care, died Aug. 17, 2007

Maurice Granat, 84, a resident at Caressant Care, died Dec. 23, 2007

Gladys Millard, 87, a resident at Caressant Care, died Oct. 14, 2011

Helen Matheson, 95, a resident at Caressant Care died Oct. 27, 2011

Mary Zurawinski, 96, a resident at Caressant Care died Nov. 7, 2011

Helen Young, 90, a resident at Caressant Care died July 14, 2013

Maureen Pickering 79, a resident at Caressant Care died March 28, 2014

Arpad Horwath, 75, a resident at Meadow Park died Aug. 31, 2014

Caressant Care issued a press release stating the company is “cooperating fully with police investigating the actions of a former staff member, a registered nurse, who left our Home’s employ approximately two and a half years ago.”

Provincial police first announced a multi-jurisdictional death investigation – which began in Woodstock – on Oct. 14, more than two weeks after it was initiated on Sept. 29.

Caressant Care Statement About Police Investigation by The London Free Press on Scribd

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