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In shocking news out of Lufkin, Kimberly Saenz, a former nurse at a Lufkin area dialysis clinic, was charged with the murder of 5 dialysis patients. According to prosecutors, Saenz injected bleach into the veins of at least 10 dialysis patients, killing five of them.

Saenz was fired from the clinic on April 29, of last year when a patient witnessed her injecting a strange liquid into another dialysis patient. One month later Saenz was arrest on charges of assault in connection with patients who has become ill after being injected with bleach.

At the time police said at least two people had seen Saenz draw bleach into a syringe inject it into patients. Police also found traces of bleach in syringes and in dialysis lines at the clinic.

The clinic was run by DaVita, a publicly traded company that runs more than 1,400 dialysis centers throughout the nation. The company claims that there was nothing in Saenz’s work history to suggest that she was a threat to patients and that these malicious and deliberate acts could not have been prevented by the company.

However, the families of some victims believe that DaVita’s failure to properly supervise their employees allowed the vicious acts to take place and continue for some period of time.

State records show that 19 people died at the clinic (well over the state average) in the five months prior to Saenz’s firing. This makes me think that more charges may be yet to come.

If convicted Saenz will face the death penalty for her actions.

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