Arrest Made In DaVita Investigation

Kimberly Clark Saenz
Kimberly Clark Saenz

KTRE was informed Friday afternoon by the Lufkin Police Department that Kimberly Clark Saenz had been arrested in connection with the investigation at the DaVita Dialysis Center in Lufkin.

Later Friday, Lufkin police said that Saenz had in fact not been arrested, but arrest warrants had been issued on assault charges. Finally, at approximately 4:55 Friday afternoon, Lufkin police told KTRE that Saenz was in custody.

Here is the full release issued by LPD regarding Saenz's arrest:

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.

Friday evening DaVita Dialysis spokesman Michael Chee released a statement saying:

"This is the individual who we terminated immediately upon becoming aware of these isolated, deceptive and horrible actions that have now been formally charged by the lufkin police department.

We are grateful to the Lufkin Police Department and state and federal authorities for their work on this case and hope that this individual is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

It is unfortunate that until this point this issue could not be publicly discussed which meant our caregivers have endured understandable but unfair criticism."

According to the Angelina County Sheriff's Department , Saenz's bond was set at $100,000 for each of the two assault charges. Contrary to some reports, DaVita spokesman Michael Chee tells KTRE that the company has been merely suspicious of Saenz's involvement in four deaths at the facility.