Person of interest identified after suspicious deaths at WV veterans facility

Person of interest identified after suspicious deaths at WV veterans facility

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Federal investigators said they have identified a person of interest in the suspicious deaths of nearly a dozen people at a Clarksburg, West Virginia Veterans Affairs facility, according to the Washington Post.

The investigation is now focused on a former hospital employee who was fired. The woman worked the overnight shift as a nursing assistant and left last year, according to the report.

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The Washington Post reported that they were not releasing the woman's name because she was not officially charged with any crime.

A Pittsburgh area man was among those whose death's at the facility are classified as a homicide. Retired Army Sgt. Felix Kirk McDermott was wrongly injected with fatal dose of insulin in April 2018.

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There are similarities in the deaths of the 11 patients: elderly people were injected late at night in their abdomen and limbs with insulin the hospital had not ordered, causing the veterans' blood-sugar levels to plummet. The person of interest was apparently assigned to monitor several of the now-dead patients.

There were no surveillance cameras in a particular ward of the Clarksburg VA facility, the woman had access to a medical supply room and medicine carts on the floor were routinely left unlocked, according to the Washington Post.