Police in southwestern Ontario have charged a nurse with eight counts of first degree murder following a series of deaths at rural nursing homes.
Police allege she killed the residents by administering a drug. Officials are not saying which drug, only that a number of drugs were stored and accessible in the nursing homes.
49-year-old Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer of Woodstock, Ont., was charged in the deaths that occurred in different facilities between 2007 and 2014.
The victims ranged in age from 75 to 96. Seven lived in A Caressant Care facility in Woodstock, while another lived in a Meadow Park facility in London, Ont.
Police believe Wettlaufer worked at other long-term care facilities in Ontario, but aren’t specifying which ones.
No motive has been offered. The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be laid.