- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

ELLISVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis County nurse is facing felony charges for allegedly stealing morphine from elderly patients and diluting their medicine with water and mouthwash to hide the crime.

KMOV-TV (https://bit.ly/1fVvz5G ) reports that 27-year-old Christi Franklin of Ballwin is charged with stealing of a controlled substance. She does not yet have a listed attorney.

Authorities say the thefts occurred between April 6 and July 6 at a facility for the elderly in Ellisville operated by Bethesda Health Group.

Bethesda says the misuse of drugs was reported as soon as it was discovered, investigations were begun, and Franklin was immediately fired. The company says it appears that just one or two residents were affected.

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Information from: KMOV-TV, https://www.kmov.com

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