Woman Accused Of Injecting Bleach Into Dialysis Patients Arrested

by Taylor Hemness (KTRE)

Here is the full press release issued by the Lufkin Police Department Friday afternoon:

Lufkin Police have made an arrest in the DaVita investigation.  Kimberly Clark Saenz, formerly employed as a License Vocational Nurse with DaVita was arrested Friday afternoon on warrants charging her with two counts of Aggravated Assault, a second degree felony.  Saenz is a 34 year old Angelina County resident.

The warrants were obtained after an investigation revealed that Saenz had intentionally harmed two patients while working at Lufkin's DaVita Dialysis in April by injecting the patients with bleach.

The charges were filed after two witnesses reported seeing Saenz draw bleach into syringes and inject the substance into two the dialysis lines connected to two different patients on April 28, 2008.  Syringes and dialysis lines used on the patients was tested and bleach was found in the syringes and dialysis lines.

Both victims suffered injury after having bleach injected into their systems and one of them required treatment at a hospital for pain medical complications caused by the injection.  Both victims survived.

Saenz was terminated for DaVita Dialysis in April and has not worked as a nurse since that time.

Saenz was arrested by Lufkin Police Friday afternoon and will be booked into Angelina County Jail on the two felony counts of Aggravated Assault.  Detectives are continuing the investigation and additional criminal charges may be filed in the future.