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News spotlight: Nurse has charges dropped in death of 72-year-old patient

Nurse Leader Insider, June 28, 2010

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In 2007, nurse Lorie Hentges was accused of killing a sick former bank executive. Now, three years later, a Superior Court judge in Monmouth County (NJ) dismissed the murder indictment on June 21. The dismissal comes after the prosecutor said he could not prove beyond "a reasonable doubt" that Hentges administered lethal doses of a paralytic drug to the patient.

Hentges worked at Cardio Thoracic Intensive Care Unit at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, at the time of the Alvin Flamenbaum's death. She was seen in his room shortly before his death, even though she was not his nurse. The autopsy found the presence of a paralytic drug that would not have been administered for congestive heart failure.

If Hentges had been convicted of murder, she would have faced 30 years to life in prison.

Source: NJ.com



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