Charges Upheld Against Philly Nurse Accused of Aiding Father's Suicide

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    Photo Courtesy of Compassion & Choices
    Barbara Mancini is pictured with her father, Joe Yourshaw.

    A judge has upheld charges against the 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. A phone at her lawyer's office rang unanswered Thursday evening and he could not be reached for comment.

    An advocacy group called Compassion & 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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