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Nurse indicted in IV solution tampering case

LOS ANGELES -- A nurse was indicted Friday on charges she injected insulin into the intravenous solutions of two patients because she believed she would find doctors to treat her recurring headaches in prison.

Lissette Nukida, 32, was named in a two-count indictment that claims she acted with reckless disregard for her two patients at the Casa Colina Peninsula Rehabiliation by tampering with consumer products.

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The patients were hospitized with 'life-threatening' low blood sugar levels, said Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Byrne Jr.

Nukida was arrested Sept. 12 and is being held without bail.

An FBI affidavit filed in the case states that Nukida said she had no intention of killing either patient, but wanted to instigate an investigation so she could turn herself in to authorities and be sent to prison.

The affidavit said Nukida had 'read a book or saw a show on television' that convinced her that jails and prisons provide exceptional medical care. The nurse believed prison doctors would be able to diagnose and treat headaches she said she had endured for years.

The affidavit said that Nukida admitted that on Feb. 8, 1991, she deliberately contaminated the IV bags of the two patients and one other with insulin she took from the storeroom at the rehabilitation center.

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