Patient arrested for allegedly shutting off roommate's ventilator

A ventilator is pictured in an intensive care unit of the new ward for COVID-19 patients in the Kharkiv Regional Clinical Hospital, Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine. - PHOTOGRAPH BY Ukrinform / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Vyacheslav Madi

A 72-year-old woman has been arrested after she allegedly switched off a hospital roommate's ventilator - twice - because she was annoyed by the sound it made, authorities in Germany said Thursday.

The woman was jailed on suspicion of attempted manslaughter following the incident at a hospital in the southwestern city of Mannheim on Tuesday evening.

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Police and prosecutors said in a statement that the suspect is alleged to have switched off a 79-year-old woman's ventilator and, despite then being told by staff that it was vital for the patient, switched it off again later in the evening.

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The older patient had to be revived and, while her life is not in danger, still requires intensive care, authorities said.

The suspect was brought before a judge on Wednesday and taken to jail.