"Reta Mays is a former nursing assistant at the Clarksburg VA Medical Center in West Virginia who on Tuesday, July 14, pleaded guilty to killing seven veterans through insulin injections between 2017 and 2018. The second-degree murder charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, WCHS reported." heavy.com
"She also pleaded guilty to assault with the intent to murder another veteran, according to her plea agreement.
The charges against May, 46, were unsealed Tuesday before she pleaded, and followed a two-year federal investigation, West Virginia Metro News reported.
U.S. Attorney Bill Powell told reporters Tuesday that the investigation eventually came down to who was present during one-on-one appointments at which the patients were given insulin. Although Mays denied the charges until July 13, Powell said, “Ultimately it led to her in every instance.”" heavy.com
"According to Mays’ federal charging document, she started working at the VA Hospital in June 2015; she worked the night shift in a surgical ward, dealing with a number of diabetic patients. In June 2018, another employee at the medical center brought concerns to their supervisor about several patients who suffered hypoglycemic deaths — a condition of low blood sugar caused by being injected with too much insulin. An investigation commenced, and Mays was removed from her role, according to the document.
Mays was never authorized or licensed to administer insulin to patients, according to a Department of Justice release." heavy.com
Every once in a while there is an incident in which a nurse, a nursing assistant or a janitor is responsible for patients' deaths in hospital. I remember a case some years ago in France in which a janitor woman killed a number of people by unplugging their life sustaining equipment and then plugging in her vacuum cleaner or floor buffer oblivious to the dying patients in the beds around her.
In this case I would not be surprised to learn that this woman (Reta the Terrible) thought she was helping them on their way. This would be something like the trope about pneumonia being the old man's friend.
As you can see the Clarksburg VA medical facility is quite large. I don't use VA medical facilities , being cared for quite well in other ways, but such facilities are extremely important to former military people who are qualified by service connected illness for VA provided health care but are not retired from the military for longevity of service or wounds and who are therefore not a continuing responsibility of the military. pl