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Friday, July 24, 2009

Kristen Diane Parker: 19 victims, 42 counts, Hepititis C infector

By Felisa Cardona
The Denver Post

In this photo released by the Denver County Sheriff's Department, Kristen Diane Parker, 26, is shown. Parker, is accused of is accused of injecting herself with painkillers meant for patients, then filling the used syringes with saline solution. (Denver County Sheriffs)
She really looks like she gives a damn, doesn't she?
A federal grand jury indicted surgical technician Kristen Diane Parker on 42 counts Thursday as prosecutors disclosed that the number of hospital patients who appear to have contracted hepatitis C from Parker has grown to 19.

"Nineteen people tested positive for hepatitis C who had surgery at Rose Medical Center, have the same genotype as Parker and did not have hepatitis C prior to surgery," said Jeffrey Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Colorado.

The grand jury indictment filed Thursday charges Parker with 21 counts each of product tampering and obtaining a controlled substance by deceit.

Earlier this month, Parker was charged with three criminal counts related to stealing fentanyl, a powerful narcotic.

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