The local police conducted an investigation after the hospital was alarmed by the huge number of deaths between March 2015 and July 2016 during which death numbers had risen by 10 percent beyond the average
Trigger Warning: This story has details of infant deaths and attempted murders that readers may find disturbing
A children's nurse has been charged with the murders of eight infants. Lucy Letby was charged with at least eight counts of murder and at least 10 counts of attempted murder by the Cheshire Police, UK, for her crimes which took place between 2015 and 2016. According to the DailyMail, the nurse was arrested after the Countess of Chester Hospital conducted an investigation into the baby deaths during the said period. Letby, now 30, was detained by the Cheshire Police department in 2018 after the hospital she worked at reported a surge in child deaths.
Nurse rearrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempted murder of another nine at Countess of Chester Hospital https://t.co/vP3sCMa23c— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) November 10, 2020
Letby was once said to be the face of a $3.96 million fundraising campaign but was arrested once last year, before being rearrested again this week. The local police conducted an investigation after the hospital was alarmed by the huge number of deaths between March 2015 and July 2016 -- during which death numbers had risen by 10 percent beyond the average. When an inquiry was undertaken medics found that babies had died of heart and lung failures, but were impossible to resuscitate. Throughout the whole ordeal, Letby's friends and family pledged her innocence and said she was "kind-hearted" and that the scenario was really "awkward."
A nurse has been arrested for third time in an investigation into deaths and non-fatal collapses of babies at @TheCountessNHS— BBC Radio Merseyside (@bbcmerseyside) November 10, 2020
Lucy Letby, originally from Hereford, is being questioned on suspicion of murdering 8 babies at the attempted murder of another 9. pic.twitter.com/eHaJebajlc
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes from Cheshire Police spoke after the arrest and 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." As the event unfolded, people who previously vouched for Letby as being a "professional nurse" who was committed to her "dream job" are reeling from the shock. A woman, who wished to maintain anonymity, said: "We're still reeling from it, to be honest. Even after sleeping on it I think everybody around here is still in a state of shock and disbelief. Lucy was doing the job she dreamed of doing and appeared nothing but dedicated and professional. You can't imagine her hurting a fly let alone defenseless babies."
Yet another resident who lived on the same street as Letby, who again didn't want to identify themselves, said: "I can't add much more to what's been already said about her. I knew her when she was a little girl and she was as sweet as anything. I've seen her grow up and she seemed a lovely woman." Hence, the news of her being a neo-natal killer has been astounding. "So this is news is deeply and utterly shocking. I can't fathom it. When you hear of these sort of things, you always get one or two people saying 'I thought there was something fishy about them'. But with Lucy all you will hear is positive things." A shop worker who worked at a store near Letby's residence added: "They pop in now and again and they are a very polite family. They all seem very friendly and normal. It's shocking as it's a nice area and we rarely see police around here."
Made this point back in 2018. Innocent until proven guilty i stand by.— Siân (@SianyD_02) November 10, 2020
If she is innocent, her entire life is ruined because of the media 🤦🏻♀️
Letby was determined to take up nursing after leaving her comprehensive school in Hereford. Jordan Sands who knew Letby through one of his former partners added: "She was quite awkward and geeky but seemed like a kind-hearted person." Letby, of Hereford, is due to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday where she is likely to be sentenced. The case is seemingly becoming a polarizing one after people on social media are building narrative both in support of and against Letby as she was arrested for the third time with no convictions.
BREAKING: @cheshirepolice has just charged nurse Lucy Letby with 8 charges of murder and 10 charges of attempted murder relating to the deaths & non fatal collapses of babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital between 2015-2016. Please do not comment. Legal proceedings are live.— Judith Moritz (@JudithMoritz) November 11, 2020