Those who take care of patients who know they are dying have difficult jobs. While providing medical care, they often establish a relationship with their patients and grieve for them upon their death. Unfortunately, one woman in California who worked in such a position has recently been arrested on manslaughter and drug charges.
Police initially began investigating the woman in 2015 after another woman overdosed. Officials claim that the hospice nurse established a relationship with the deceased woman when she provided care for the deceased woman's mother. Suspecting that the nurse may have provided the drugs the woman overdosed on, a search of her house was conducted.
Police say that as part of the search, they discovered a large quantity of morphine and Xanax. It is unclear whether she had a prescription for the drugs and, if not, where she obtained them. While she was arrested due to allegations regarding drugs, the investigation into her role in the other woman's death continued, and she was recently charged with manslaughter. Police are asking anyone with information regarding the cases to contact them.
In addition to the lack of clarity regarding the origin of the drugs allegedly discovered in the woman's home, it is unclear how police connected the deceased woman's death to the defendant. It is likely that California prosecutors will have to address these issues in order to remove reasonable doubt. An attorney with experience with drug charges, as well as other aspects of a criminal defense, can help the woman fully understand the charges against her, which will help her make informed decisions about her case.
Source: keyt.com, "Oxnard hospice nurse arrested on manslaughter, drug charges", Travis Schlepp, Jan. 6, 2017