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French Doctor Accused of Poisoning 24 Patients, Including a 4 Year Old

French Doctor Accused of Poisoning 24 Patients, Including a 4 Year Old
Frederic Peicher (Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 17 May 2019 11:08 AM

A French doctor has been accused of poisoning 24 patients, including senior citizens and children as young as four years old, so that he could show off his talents during operating room emergencies. Nine people may have died as a result, AFP reported.

Frederic Pechier, who worked as an anesthesiologist at two private clinics in Besancon, France, was initially charged in 2017 for poisoning seven people, two of whom died, over the span of a decade. On Thursday authorities brought him in for questioning for an additional 17 cases that they believe he was linked to. 

Public prosecutor Etienne Manteaux noted that Pechier was at odds with his colleagues during the time that the poisonings occurred and that the 47-year-old was the only "common denominator" in the cases. Prosecutors theorized that he created operating room emergencies by tampering with his fellow anesthesiologist's pouches. He would then swoop in and save the day.

Pechier was a highly regarded doctor in the region, CNN noted. His lawyer has denied the claims and accused police for altering declarations made during initial questioning. Pechier was released overnight but Manteaux said he would appeal the decision. A judge will rule on the matter within 15 days. If convicted, Pechier could face life behind bars.

There have been cases of medical personnel poisoning patients to make themselves look like saviors. In 2006 a nurse at the Horton Hospital in Oxfordshire was accused of poisoning 18 patients, killing two in the process, so that he could revive them again, The Telegraph previously reported. Prosecutors suggested the nurse may have gotten a thrill "by manufacturing a drama to which he could then respond."

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