UK nurse charged with eight baby murders

Eleanor Barlow, PA
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A nurse has been charged with eight counts of murder and 10 of attempted murder following an investigation into baby deaths at a hospital in England's northwest.

Lucy Letby, 30, would appear to face the charges in Warrington Magistrates' Court on Thursday, Cheshire Police said.

Letby, of Hereford, was arrested for a third time on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the neonatal unit at Countess of Chester Hospital started in 2017.

"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," a force spokesman said.

"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."

On Tuesday, police said parents of the babies involved were being kept updated on developments and supported by officers.

Letby was arrested in 2018 and 2019 but was bailed pending further inquiries.

Following her previous arrests, her home in the Blacon area of Chester was searched by police.

In a 2013 interview with the Chester and District Standard newspaper, the nurse said she cared for babies requiring various levels of support.

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.

Letby said she started working at the unit after graduating.