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Nurse charged with aiding father's suicide in Schuylkill County

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 1, 2013 5:47 PM
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(Pottsville) -- A judge has upheld charges against a Philadelphia woman accused of helping her 93-year-old father commit suicide through a morphine overdose.

Prosecutors in Schuylkill County have charged 57-year-old nurse Barbara Mancini with aiding suicide.

A judge refused to drop the charges after a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Pottsville police say Mancini handed Joseph Yourshaw a bottle of liquid morphine at his home in February, leading to his death four days later.
Mancini remains free on bail.

An advocacy group called Compassion and Choice supports Mancini and says her father had end-stage diabetes and heart problems.

The group says the U.S. Supreme Court allows dying patients to receive adequate pain relief, even if it hastens their death.

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