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French caretaker accused in 6 retiree poisonings

PARIS (AP) — A French official says a caretaker at a French retirement home is suspected in the poisoning deaths of six elderly patients.

Dietlind Baudoin, assistant prosecutor of Chambery in France's mountainous east, said Thursday that the 30-year-old woman has been taken into custody in the October and November deaths.

Baudoin said three other residents at the retirement home survived the poisoning in what the official described as a misguided attempt to end suffering.

According to its website, the facility specializes in care for the elderly with limited mobility and multiple illnesses. The victims were in their 80s, but "they were not at all near the end of their lives," Baudoin said.

Baudoin said the suspect's mother had died this year after a long illness and described the young woman as "fragile."

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