Pennsylvania nurse accused of killing patients with insulin
A Pennsylvania nurse has been accused of delivering lethal doses of insulin to two patients and injuring another, according to the state attorney general.
Heather Irene Pressdee, a 40-year-old nurse from Natrona Heights, allegedly administered “overdoses of insulin” while working at Quality Life Services in Chicora, Pa., reports NBC News.
Details of the charges filed were shared Friday in a news release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle A. Henry.
A criminal complaint shows that Pressdee was employed by Quality Life Services for less than a year, from May 23 to Nov. 28, 2022.
One 55-year-old patient died on Dec. 4, after Pressdee’s job had already been terminated, while an 83-year-old man passed away on Dec. 25.
A third patient, a 73-year-old man, was administered an overdose of insulin on Aug. 31 but survived after emergency medical care, according to officials.
Police arrested Pressdee at her home Wednesday on charges including homicide, attempted murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, said Henry. Pressdee was arraigned that night and taken to Butler County Prison, where she’s currently being held without bail.
“The allegations in this case outline the callous abuse of incredibly vulnerable patients by a professional nurse,” Henry wrote in her statement. “As the charges indicate, these were deliberate and intentional acts perpetrated by a caregiver who was trusted to care for these victims.
According to the criminal complaint, Pressdee told authorities that one victim had actually asked her to “kill him,” while arguing that quality of life was not good for the other two patients involved.
The complaint also alleged that Pressdee showed patterns of “being disciplined for abusive behavior towards patients and/or staff” at previous facilities where she either resigned or was terminated.