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

Friday, Aug 2, 2013  |  Updated 7:43 AM EDT
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Nurse Accused of Aiding Father's Suicide

Photo Courtesy of Compassion & Choices

Barbara Mancini is pictured with her father, Joe Yourshaw.

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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.

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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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