Brussels, Belgium, Dec 3, 2018 / 17:01 pm
In the first criminal investigation of euthanasia since Belgium legalized the practice, the country's authorities are looking into the 2010 death of a woman with Asperger syndrome whom prosecutors say may have been illegally poisoned.
Thirty-eight year old Tine Nys was reportedly diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a mild autism spectrum disorder, two months before being legally euthanized. Asperger syndrome is one of the most common mental health conditions leading to euthanasia in Belgium, along with depression and personality disorders, the Associated Press reports.
Euthanization of adults was legalized in Belgium in 2002, and of minors in 2014.
The country's euthanasia commission had previously dismissed Nys' family's complaint.