Two Providence St. Joseph nurses who allegedly gave a terminally ill
patient the wrong medication have been charged with manslaughter.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office Tuesday filed charges
of involuntary manslaughter and practicing medicine without a license
against nurses Kelly Miyasato, 31, and Amy Brunner, 25. They were
arrested Thursday at the Burbank Police Department and later freed on
their own recognizance.
Their arraignment, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been
postponed to Oct. 17 in Burbank Superior Court.
Pierre Azar, 80, died June 7 minutes after the nurses gave him a
sedative to calm him. His doctors did not prescribe the sedative,
police said. Azar had requested hospital staff not attempt to
“It’s an unfortunate situation for everyone involved,” Burbank
Police Sgt. William Berry said.
Hospital spokesman Brian Greene said the nurses were “separated
from the organization” about a week after the incident, but declined
to say whether they resigned or were terminated.