A former Woodstock, Ont., nurse charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of seniors at nursing homes made a brief court appearance via video link on Wednesday and had her case put over until Nov. 18.
Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, 49, allegedly administered drugs to patients under her care at two nursing homes in Woodstock and London, Ont., between 2007 and 2014.
Police said seven deaths took place at the Caressant Care Long Term Care Home in Woodstock and an eighth person died at Meadow Park in London.
Andrea Silcox, daughter of one of the alleged victims, James Silcox, spoke to the media outside the courthouse in Woodstock.
According to a peace bond dated Oct. 6, Wettlaufer was placed under several peace bond conditions before entering into police custody.
The investigation into the nursing home deaths began in September after Toronto police were tipped off by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto where Wettlaufer was reportedly receiving care.
The accused wrote in a Facebook post on Sept. 28, 2015 that she had been battling substance abuse and had been “clean and sober” for a year.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said last week her government is open to an independent review of the province’s long-term care facilities following the nursing home deaths.
Ontario Provincial Police said during a press conference last week that they believe all of the victims have been identified but that the investigation is ongoing.