Nurse charged with injecting patients with bleach

Published May 31, 2008

LUFKIN, Texas — A former nurse accused of intentionally injecting two patients with bleach at an East Texas dialysis center was arrested Friday, police said.

The arrest warrant charges Kimberly Clark Saenz, 34, of Angelina County, with two counts of aggravated assault, a second degree felony. She was being booked into jail Friday afternoon. Bond was set at $200,000.

Two witnesses reported seeing Saenz draw bleach into syringes and inject the bleach into two dialysis lines on April 28, Lufkin police said in a news release.

Both DaVita Dialysis Center in Lufkin patients injected with bleach survived. One required treatment at a hospital, police said.

Police said that syringes and dialysis lines used on the patients were tested and bleach was found.

It was unclear Friday whether Saenz had an attorney.

The Lufkin center has been closed since April 28 for an investigation by authorities into a spike in deaths there of four patients in April. Lufkin police spokesman Lt. David Young told The Associated Press on Friday that the investigation remains open.

Saenz was fired from the center on April 29, said DaVita spokesman Michael Chee.

"We hope that this individual is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Chee, who added that they are continuing to work with the police and state health authorities.

El Segundo, California-based DaVita has more than 1,300 outpatient facilities across the U.S.

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 8:31 AM I hope she gets charged to the fulliest extent. That's just plain sick.

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Jun. 4, 2008 at 3:01 PM What was she thinking. She has to be very sick. She does not need to be out working where she can hurt others.

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Jun. 7, 2008 at 10:04 AM To deliberately inject patients with bleach tells you she just wanted to watch them suffer!! Just knowing that is sickening enough!! She is a premeditated killer if you ask me. Poison is a chemical which swallowed can kill you so if injected she probably thought it was going to do the same thing.. SICK !!!!

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