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Nurse charged with murders of eight babies in United Kingdom hospital

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Bennie Garza | 12 November, 2020, 17:56

A British nurse was charged this week with murdering eight babies and trying to kill another 10 at a hospital in northwest England.

A paediatric nurse appeared in court on Thursday, 12 November, charged with murdering eight babies and attempting to murder on another 10 occasions.

She is also accused of the attempted murder of five baby boys and five baby girls, all between June 2015 and June 1016.

Lucy Letby, 30, was rearrested this week and charged in relation to the deaths.

The 30-year-old, from Hereford, appeared via video link at Warrington Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody.

Letby said she started working at the unit after graduating. "It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice ongoing proceedings".

Lucy Letby was arrested on Tuesday and the charges are on "a number of baby deaths and non-fatal collapses at the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital" from June 2015 to June 2016, Chester police said in a statement, as quoted by news agency AFP.

The defendant appeared on video sitting in front of a desk, beside her solicitor, partially shaded, in a room at Blacon police station. Police was originally concerned with the deaths of 15 babies between June 2015 and June 2016, before the investigation was expanded to include 17 deaths and 16 non-fatal collapses. An investigation was launched and a nurse was arrested in 2018 and again in 2019.

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.

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