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A nurse and the head of a nursing home in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, were referred to prosecutors Thursday on suspicion of professional negligence in connection with the death of a 68-year-old female resident whose artificial respirator was left turned off.

According to the police, a 53-year-old nurse at Medical Rihabiri Home Kurara Suita allegedly turned off the woman’s respirator at around 7:20 p.m. on Aug. 20 to remove her phlegm and forgot to turn it back on, causing her to suffocate.

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