Nurse, 31, faces court accused of killing eight babies

A nurse has faced court accused of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill a further 10.

Lucy Letby, 31, faced Manchester Crown Court on Monday (local time) after the alleged murders of five boys and three girls at the Countess of Chester Hospital, southwest of Manchester, between June 2015 and June 2016, BBC reports.

Letby is also accused of attempting to murder five boys and five girls in the space of 12 months.

Lucy Letby, 31, is pictured.
Lucy Letby, 31, is accused of killing eight babies and attempting to murder another 10. Source: BBC

She was arrested in 2018 and 2019 after police launched an investigation into the hospital’s deaths in 2017.

There was also an internal investigation undertaken after medics found several premature babies had died from heart and lung failure, The Sun reported.

Letby appeared in court via a videolink. Her case management was discussed ahead of a possible trial in 2022.

She was remanded in custody.

Letby is currently behind bars at HM Prison Peterborough and will face court again on May 17.

She has yet to enter any pleas.

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