A former healthcare provider in North Carolina who the district attorney is calling a “rogue nurse” has been charged with murdering multiple patients by administering lethal doses of insulin.
Jonathan Hayes, 47, who previously worked at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said during a press conference on Tuesday.
O’Neill gave the timeline of events that led authorities to believe Hayes administered a fatal dose of insulin on Dec. 1, 2021 to Pamela Little. WRAL-TV reported.
Little survived, but two other people Hayes allegedly administered insulin to this year died, officials said.
Gwen Crawford, is believed to have received the fatal dose on Jan. 5 and died three days later, authorities said. Vickie Lingerfelt is believed to have received a fatal dose of insulin on Jan. 22 and died four days later, according to reports.
O’Neill stated that the hospital did its own investigation, and then reached out to Winston-Salem Police Department officials and state officials in March for further information. According to NBC News.
According to the DA the Winston-Salem Police Department investigated Hayes for several months using evidence-collecting interviews and conversations with relatives of victims.
“The totality of the information provided to me led me to only one conclusion: That probable cause existed to support charging what can only be described as a ‘rogue nurse’ with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder,”O’Neill made these remarks during the conference.
According to WRAL, all evidence suggests Hayes acted alone. However, WRAL has not released any details about a possible motive. Hayes was dismissed from his job at the facility in March 18.
“Johnathan Hayes has forfeited the honor of being called a nurse. From this day forth, he’ll be known as a defendant,”O’Neill made these remarks during the conference.
During the ongoing investigation, Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was cooperative. In a statement, the hospital said that in addition to contacting authorities, it “notified the appropriate regulators and licensing boards and have been working with them throughout their investigations,” According to NBC News. “What is alleged to have taken place certainly does not represent the high standards of safety and integrity that we always expect from each and every one of our dedicated teammates,”According to the statement. “We have conducted an in-depth analysis to ensure we have done everything possible so an event like this can never happen again.”
Denise Potter (Vice President of Communications at Atrium Health Wake For Baptist) also said during the news conference that Hayes alleged actions were not in line with North Carolina hospital standards.
“As soon as we identified a deviation in patient care … we took immediate action to remove the employee from the patient care environment and terminated his employment,” Potter said.
According to jail records Hayes was booked in Forsyth County jail Tuesday. Hayes was not released on bond.