A nurse has been charged with murdering eight babies and attempting to murder a further 10.Lucy Letby, 30, will appear in court following a probe into a number of deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Cheshire Police said.
Nurse charged with eight baby murders
Lucy Letby, 30, will appear in court tomorrow following a probe into a number of deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Cheshire Police said.
Detectives launched an investigation into infant deaths at the hospital in May 2017, initially looking at the deaths of 15 babies between June 2015 and June 2016.
The probe later widened to the deaths of 17 babies and 16 non-fatal collapses between March 2015 and July 2016.
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The nurse was first arrested in 2018, and was taken back into custody yesterday following a three-year investigation.
In a statement police said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised 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 charges relate to the period of June 2015 to June 2016.
“The 30-year-old was re-arrested on Tuesday, November 10, and has since subsequently been charged.
“She has been held in custody and is due to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 12.”
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