A nurse accused of murdering five newborn babies and trying to kill eight more looked up lethal doses of potassium and insulin on the internet, said prosecutors in Argentina.
Police found the deadly hunt in her computer search history after arresting suspect Brenda Aguero, who worked as a neo-natal nurse in Cordoba.
The horrific murder investigation began when two newborns in the same unit were found to have died of potassium poisoning, local media reported on 31st October.
The infants had died in March and June this year at a neonatal hospital where the 27-year-old nurse – now in custody – worked.
As well as unnaturally high levels of potassium, autopsies found puncture marks on the infants’ backs.
Prosecutor named Raul Ignacio Garzon has also accused Aguero of three more newborn killings.
She has been charged with “repeated aggravated homicide” as well as the attempted murder of a further eight newborns who were harmed but survived.
Further autopsy reports then revealed that the three other infants Aguero was accused of murdering died after “excess potassium” was “intentionally injected” into their bodies.
Carlos Nayi, a lawyer to the families of the new-born victims, told local media that the evidence against Brenda Aguero is “overwhelming”.
He added: “We have been confronted with a particular way of killing, an abject, perverse way which indicates… a cruel instinct that is prone to any evil.”
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