Lucy Letby Chester, a nurse accused of killing eight babies and attempting to kill another ten, appears in court. Bail has been revoked. The reason for this is unclear.
A nurse from the United Kingdom has appeared in court after being accused of murdering eight babies in a ‘year-long killing spree at a hospital neonatal unit in Chester.
Lucy Letby, 31, appeared in Manchester Crown Court via videolink from HMP Peterborough for a case management hearing, according to local reports.
Letby, a Hereford native, is accused of murdering five baby boys and three baby girls while employed at the Countess of Chester Hospital. All of the victims were under the age of one year.
Between June 2015 and June 2016, the Chester University graduate, who was once the face of a £3 million fundraising effort, is also accused of the alleged murder of five baby boys and five baby girls.
She was arrested in 2018 and 2019 as part of a police investigation at the hospital, which was launched in 2017. At the time of each arrest the accused woman was afforded bail pending further inquiries.
Come Tuesday, Letby, was arrested for a third time after a three-year probe into the deaths at the hospital’s neonatal unit the UK’s Sun reported.
Police launched the investigation after the hospital raised concerns at the high number of deaths between March 2015 and July 2016 – which were said to be 10 percent above average.
An internal inquiry was undertaken when medics found premature babies had died following heart and lung failure but were unusually impossible to resuscitate.
At the time of her initial arrest, a friend of Letby’s described her as a ‘professional nurse’ who was dedicated to her ‘dream job’ and ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly’.
According to those who knew her, Letby was determined to take up nursing after leaving her comprehensive school in Hereford, with the nurse coming to work at Chester Hospital soon after graduating in 2013.
Letby appeared before Mr Justice Dove at the brief hearing on Monday with the incarcerated woman confirming her name and that she was able to hear the proceedings.
The 25-minute hearing on Monday dealt with administrative and case management matters ahead of a trial next year. An application for bail was refused.
No known motive
Her trial has been tentatively scheduled for January 11, 2022, although it is possible that it will be postponed.
The case will be heard in front of the court again on May 17 for a case management hearing.
Letby has not yet entered a plea.
It’s also uncertain what drove the nursing progeny to allegedly murder her baby victims, whose lives were in her possession and whose parents’ and hospital’s trust she is accused of betraying so violently.