Baby victims named in court as nurse appears on murder charges

Yahoo News Staff
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A nurse has appeared in court charged with the murder of eight babies following an investigation into infant deaths at a Cheshire hospital.

Lucy Letby, who was also charged with 10 counts of attempted murder of babies aged under one between June 2015 and June 2016, was remanded in custody after appearing by video link at Warrington Magistrates’ Court.

It follows an investigation into the deaths in the neonatal unit at Countess of Chester Hospital, which began in 2017.

Cemlyn Bennett, Joseph Johnson, Elsie McNall, Barney Gee, Daisy Parkin, Maddie Freed, Joseph Gelder and Eli Gelder were named in court as the eight alleged victims.

They died between June 2015 and June 2016.

Court artist sketch of Lucy Letby, next to her solicitor Richard Thomas, appearing via video link at Warrington Magistrates' Court. Source: Elizabeth Cook/ AP
Court artist sketch of Lucy Letby, next to her solicitor Richard Thomas, appearing via video link at Warrington Magistrates' Court. Source: Elizabeth Cook/ AP

In a 10-minute hearing, Letby, of Hereford, spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address.

The alleged victims’ families also watched from elsewhere via video link.

District judge Nicholas Sanders said: “Today’s court hearing is for a number of matters”.

“I won’t be taking any plea today, as I’m sure [your counsel] has discussed with you.”

Lucy Letby smiling in a file photo.
Lucy Letby, 30, has faced court over the deaths of eight babies. Source: Facebook/Nine News

“These are matters allocated to the Crown court, today is a preliminary hearing to send to the Crown court.”

Prosecutor Pascale Jones said: “It is the Crown’s application for these matters to be sent to the Crown court with a bail application to be determined.”

“This court has no power to grant bail,” he said.

“The Crown will also stress there is substantial grounds to believe for her own protection this defendant should be remanded into custody.”

District Judge Sanders banned reporting of the surviving babies’ names.

Letby, 30, who worked at the hospital’s neonatal unit, did not enter a plea on Thursday and will appear at Chester Crown Court on Friday afternoon.

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