Philly nurse charged with aiding suicide of 93-year-old father; judge upholds charges

  • Updated: August 1, 2013 - 5:35 PM

POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A judge has upheld charges against a 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.

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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