Pennsylvania Nurse Charged with Killing Two Nursing Home Residents and the Attempted Murder of a Third: The registered nurse charged with homicide and attempted murder has a history of alleged nursing home malpractice, investigators report.
In a shocking incident of nursing home malpractice, a Pennsylvania nurse has been charged with killing two nursing home residents and attempting to murder a third, according to a recent McKnights article. Registered nurse Heather Pressdee has been accused of giving lethal doses of insulin to three male residents at Quality Life Services, the skilled nursing facility near Pittsburgh where she worked. Only one of the three victims was diabetic. The dosing of these men, deemed “deliberate and intentional” by the Pennsylvania attorney general, resulted in the wrongful deaths of two of the men and the emergency hospitalization of the third.
“The allegations in this case outline the callous abuse of incredibly vulnerable patients by a professional nurse,” said Attorney General Michelle Henry of the alleged deadly acts of nursing home malpractice, which occurred in 2022 and claimed the lives of a 55-year-old and an 83-year-old man and endangered the life of a 73-year-old.
According to the article, an investigation into Pressdee has revealed a history of alleged abusive behavior consistent with nursing home malpractice. In the last five years, Pressdee was let go from or quit her job at 11 facilities following multiple disciplinary repercussions “for abusive behavior toward patients or staff.”
A second McKnights article revealed possible motivations for Pressdee’s alleged lethal acts of nursing home malpractice: according to charging documents containing Pressdee’s confession, she allegedly said she “felt bad for their quality of life” and “had hoped they would just slip into a coma and pass away.” Pressdee claimed that the surviving victim had asked her to take his life due to his “having a very difficult time” in COVID isolation.
In addition to the charges of homicide and attempted murder, the following charges have also been brought against Pressdee: one count of aggravated assault, three counts of neglect of a care-dependent person, and three counts of reckless endangerment. Pressdee is being held without bail at Butler County prison with a preliminary hearing scheduled for early June.
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