Saturday, November 14, 2020

'Baby killer' nurse mouths 'I love you' as she's denied bail and taken to cells

Lucy Letby, 30, faces eight counts of murder and 10 of attempted murder as part of a three-year investigation into infant deaths at a hospital in northwestern England.



A British nurse has been charged with several counts of murder as part of an investigation into infant deaths at the neonatal unit of a hospital in northwestern England, the police said in a statement on Wednesday, in a case that has haunted the community for years.




Lucy Letby has been charged with murdering eight babies and trying to kill 10 more.




She was arrested for a third time on Tuesday as part of the investigation into deaths at the hospital, which began in 2017.




A court sketch of Letby appearing in court.



She today appeared a Warrington Magistrates' Court charged with eight counts of murder and ten counts of attempted murder.

The charges relate to 17 babies aged under one - with one alleged victim falling under both murder and attempted murder count.

The names of the eight alleged victims were released by the court today for the first time.

They include a set of twins, Eli and Joseph Gelder, allegedly killed one day apart.



The offenses allegedly took place between June 2015 and June 2016.

Nurse, Lucy Letby, who is accused of murdering eight babies in one year, looked up at her parents and mouthed "I love you" today as she was led into the cells.

The nurse charged with murdering eight babies looked tearful as she was denied bail.

Lucy Letby looked up at her parents and mouthed “I love you” as she was remanded in custody and led down to the cells.



And as the 30-year-old left the court her mom made a heart sign with her hands.

Susan, 60, and John Letby, 77, from Hereford, had been watching proceedings from a public gallery at Chester crown court.

Police launched a probe after the hospital raised concerns at the high number of deaths between March 2015 and July 2016 - which were said to be 10 percent above average.

An internal inquiry was undertaken when medics found premature babies had died following heart and lung failure.

Letby's friends and family said at the time they were adamant the "awkward but kind-hearted" the neonatal nurse was innocent.

A force spokesman said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has authorized Cheshire Police to charge a healthcare professional with murder in connection with an ongoing investigation into a number of baby deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital.



"Lucy Letby, of Arran Avenue, Hereford, is facing eight charges of murder and 10 charges of attempted murder.


The 30-year-old will appear in court today.


Cops pictured outside Letby's home in Hereford when she was previously arrested.


Letby was arrested following a three-year investigation into the deaths at the 
Countess of Chester Hospital's neonatal unit.



"The charges relate to the period of June 2015 to June 2016."

On Tuesday, police said parents of all the babies involved were being kept fully updated on developments and were supported by officers.

Letby was arrested by police in 2018 and again in 2019 but was bailed pending further inquiries.

Following her previous arrests, her home in the Blacon area of Chester was searched by police.

In a 2013 interview with the Chester and District Standard newspaper, the nurse said she cared for babies requiring various levels of support.



She had worked at the unit as a student nurse during three years of training before qualifying as a children's nurse at the University of Chester in 2011.

Letby said she started working at the unit after graduating.

At the time of her arrest, a pal described her as a "professional nurse" who was dedicated to her "dream job".

Robyn Smith, of Slater and Gordon, representing two of the families, said: “Our clients are relieved that we are one step closer to getting the answers they have long-since been waiting for.



"We await the outcome of the criminal proceedings and will of course be supporting our clients through this traumatic process.”


Police said the investigation into the deaths at the hospital was 'highly complex'