Nursing Assistant on trial for poisoning 13 elderly patients

The trial for Ludivine Chambet, a 34-year-old nursing assistant opened on May 9, 2017, at the Criminal Court in Chambery. She is accused of having “poisoned” 13 elderly patients between November 2012 and November 2013 at the nursing home where she worked. Ten of the patients died.

Arrested on December 12, 2013, Ludivine Chambet admitted to administering unauthorized medicine to 13 elderly patients to “calm” them. She denies having any intention to kill them.

During the court hearing, the police chief investigating the case testified that when he asked the nurse assistant how many patients she had killed, her initial reaction was to look down at her fingers and start counting…

When her computer was confiscated, the memory search revealed titles such as “How to put a man to death”. Ludivine Chambet denies having any memory of this.

The first 3 days of the hearing, she remained petrified with fear, but on May 11, she turned towards the victims’ families and stated: “I am truly regretful and I feel awful. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about this… Forgive me for what happened”.   

Ludivine Chambet is described as someone mentally fragile, having taken anti-depressant medication since the age of 18.

The trial which began on May 9th will most likely take 2 weeks with the verdict to be pronounced on May 24th. Ludivine Chambet risks life imprisonment.



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