Florida woman accused of suffocating husband as he lay in hospital bed

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Florida Woman Accused of Suffocating Husband as He Lay in Hospital Bed

A 61-year-old woman in Florida is accused of suffocating her husband while he was unresponsive and in a hospital bed.

It is alleged that on May 19, Jan Sochalski, held the man's nostrils closed until he succumbed to asphyxia.

PEOPLE reports that "according to the arrest report, nurses at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center allegedly witnessed Sochalski lying on top of the victim before his death, and one nurse saw her allegedly pinching her husband's nose."

Henry Sochalski, 64, had first been admitted to the hospital in Daytona Beach in early April to undergo surgery on his back, notes WKMG.

On April 9, he suffered both respiratory and cardiac arrest and had been receiving palliative care since.

According to some staff members at the hospital, in the weeks following, Mrs. Sochalski began acting erratically and once requested her husband be given medication to slow his breathing.

She was arrested in connection with his death on Monday and is facing a second-degree murder charge.

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