Nurse Allegedly Killed Up To 20 Patients, She Wanted Control Over Deaths

Some 48 patients died at the Oguchi Hospital from “unusual circumstances” in a three-month time span in 2016

A nurse suspected of killing at least 20 elderly patients in a hospital in Japan has told investigators that she added disinfectant to their intravenous drips shortly before finishing her shifts because it was "a nuisance" to explain to relations when a person had died during her working hours.

Ayumi Kuboki, 31, was arrested Saturday for the death of Sozo Nishikawa, 88, who was poisoned in 2016 with an antiseptic at Oguchi Hospital, The Asahi Shimbun and The Japan Times reported.

In a related development, it surfaced that Kuboki has told investigators she wanted to time the deaths of patients she was looking after to her convenience.

Kuboki reportedly denied any specific grudge against her patients, but said she found it hard to deal with deaths on her shift, and injecting the drips allowed her to control when her patients died. She reportedly admitted to poisoning Nobuo Yamaki, 88, who was a patient on the same floor as Nishikawa.

She'd timed it so her victims died when she wasn't at work - because she dreaded having to deal with grieving family members.

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In his case, Kuboki allegedly sneaked into his room between 3 p.m. and 4:55 p.m. September 18, 2016, ahead of her 5 p.m. night shift.

Some 48 patients died at the hospital from "unusual circumstances" during a three-month span in 2016, including five people in one day.

"It would be troublesome if that responsibility fell on me", Kuboki said. They declined to confirm the broader investigation.

Antiseptic was then discovered in the bodies of two further patients, an 89-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman who have not been named.

A Japanese nurse was accused of tampering with intravenous drip bags at the hospital she worked at.

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When they examined all of the nurses' uniforms, they found the chemicals around a pocket on Kuboki's uniform.

Kuboki qualified as a nurse in 2008 and began working at Oguchi Hospital in 2015, where she was known as a quiet but competent employee. Police zeroed in on Kuboki after analyzing hospital worker uniforms, finding that only hers carried traces of the chemical.

After her arrest, Kuboki allegedly confessed to killing up to 20 patients, but claimed she targeted only the very sick.

The Asahi Shimbun also reported she had admitted injecting the drips of around 20 patients with disinfectant.

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