Dutch nurse charged with serial murder of 14


A Dutch nurse has been charged with the serial murder of 14 babies, young children and elderly patients at four hospitals in The Hague over more than four years, public prosecutors said today.

The 40-year-old woman is accused of killing five children and nine elderly people in her care by giving them a lethal dose of drugs while working the wards of hospitals between February 1997 and September 2001.

"The woman, who is also charged with four attempted murders, is due to go on trial in The Hague in June. Her victims included babies under 12 months and elderly patients as old as 91," public prosecutors in The Hague said.

The nurse, whose identity was not revealed, is also accused of forging school certificates to qualify for her medical training. She is accused of killing patients in a children's hospital as well as a prison infirmary.