Two extra victims have been added to the death toll of a Pennsylvania nurse accused of killing sufferers.
Heather Pressdee has now been accused of homicide within the deaths of 4 sufferers, and hit with 17 counts of tried homicide for allegedly giving deadly doses of insulin to quite a few sufferers at totally different rehabilitation facilities the place she labored, Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry introduced this week.
In whole, Pressdee, 41, has been charged with mistreating 22 sufferers, ranging in age from 43 to 104, since 2020, in accordance with the Attorney General’s workplace.
In all, 17 of Pressdee’s sufferers have died, although she has not been charged in these deaths authorities stated.
“The allegations towards Ms. Pressdee are disturbing. It is difficult to grasp how a nurse, trusted to take care of her sufferers, might select to intentionally and systematically hurt them,” Henry stated.
Pressdee had a historical past of being disciplined for abusive habits, in accordance with courtroom paperwork.
Her nursing license was suspended earlier this yr after she was arrested in May for homicide within the deaths of two sufferers.
She had complained to her mom in textual content messages about sufferers, colleagues and others she got here throughout, together with at Arby’s, Taco Bell and a pizzeria, and spoke of harming them, in accordance with the paperwork.
“If you get like this you’ll get pillow remedy,” she stated in a single message, apparently referring to suffocation.
“I can’t with this girl tonight,” she stated in one other textual content, authorities stated. “She’s going to get pillow remedy.”
“This nurse could die right now,” she stated in a January textual content to her mom.
In 2018, she wrote on Facebook, “May kill a health care provider right now” and acknowledged in a distinct put up, “when you wanted to take 2 items, however by accident took 10 items as an alternative, it might be lethal in a matter of hours.”
A lawyer for Pressdee stated she is making an attempt to keep away from the demise penalty, and the brand new expenses weren’t surprising, according to reports.
The alleged crimes occurred whereas Pressdee was employed as a registered nurse on the following services: Concordia at Rebecca Residence; Belair Healthcare and Rehabilitation (Guardian); Quality Life Services Chicora; Premier Armstrong Rehabilitation and Nursing Center; and Sunnyview Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Pressdee did quick stints at a number of nursing properties and services in western Pennsylvania since 2018, in accordance with the paperwork, and earlier than that labored as a veterinary technician.
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