A children’s nurse has tonight been charged with the murders of eight babies.
Lucy Letby has been charged with eight counts of murder and 10 counts of attempted murder, Cheshire Police said.
The charges, which all relate to a period between 2015 and 2016, follow an investigation into baby deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Letby, 30, had first been detained by Cheshire Police back in 2018 after a spike in the number of deaths at the hospital.
The Chester University graduate, who was once the face of a £3million fundraising campaign and had also worked at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, was re-arrested over the same alleged offences in 2019 and again earlier this week.
Police launched an investigation after the hospital raised concerns at the high number of deaths between March 2015 and July 2016 – which were said to be 10 per cent above average.
An internal inquiry was undertaken when medics found premature babies had died following heart and lung failure, but were unusually impossible to resuscitate.
Letby’s friends and family said at the time they were adamant the ‘awkward’ but ‘kind-hearted’ neonatal nurse was innocent.
Letby, of Hereford, is due to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
Speaking after she was arrested earlier this week, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes from Cheshire Police said: ‘It has been more than three years since we first launched an investigation into a number of baby deaths and non-fatal collapses at the neonatal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital.
‘In that time a dedicated team of detectives have been working extremely hard on this highly complex and very sensitive case doing everything they can as quickly as they can to identify what has led to these baby deaths and collapses.
‘In July 2018, a healthcare professional was arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of six babies at the neonatal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital.
‘She was subsequently bailed pending further enquiries.
‘In June 2019, the healthcare professional was rearrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of six babies.
‘She was also arrested in connection with the attempted murder of three additional babies.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, James Robinson, James Gant, and Tom Pyman