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Nurse arrested over deaths of eight babies and attempted murder of another nine babies at Countess of Chester Hospital

A Nurse has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight infants and tried homicide of 9 infants on the Countess of Chester Hospital neo-natal unit in Chester, England.

The girl, recognized as nurse Lucy Letby was arrested on Tuesday November 10, after her earlier arrests in 2018 and 2019 over the tragedies on the Countess of Chester Hospital.

She had labored on the unit as a pupil nurse throughout three years of coaching earlier than qualifying as a youngsters’s nurse on the College of Chester in 2011.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes, of Cheshire Police, stated: ‘In July 2018, a healthcare skilled was arrested on suspicion of homicide in relation to the deaths of eight infants and the tried homicide of six infants on the neonatal unit on the Countess of Chester Hospital. She was subsequently bailed pending additional inquiries.

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‘In June 2019, the healthcare skilled was re-arrested on suspicion of homicide in relation to the deaths of eight infants and the tried homicide of six infants. She was additionally arrested in reference to the tried homicide of three further infants.

‘At the moment, as a part of our ongoing inquiries, the healthcare skilled has been re-arrested on suspicion of homicide in relation to the deaths of eight infants and the tried homicide of 9 infants.

‘The girl is at the moment in custody serving to officers with their inquiries.’

In accordance with reviews, Detectives launched an investigation into toddler deaths on the hospital in Might 2017, over the deaths of 15 infants between June 2015 and June 2016 at the moment.

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The probe later widened to the deaths of 17 infants and 16 non-fatal collapses between March 2015 and July 2016.

In a 2013 interview with the Chester and District Normal newspaper, the nurse, initially from Hereford, stated she cared for infants requiring varied ranges of assist.

DCI Hughes added: ‘Mother and father of all of the infants have been saved absolutely up to date on this newest improvement and they’re persevering with to be supported all through the method by specifically educated officers.

‘That is a particularly tough time for all of the households and you will need to keep in mind that, on the coronary heart of this, there are a variety of bereaved households searching for solutions as to what occurred to their youngsters.

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‘Because of the nature of this investigation this can be very difficult however you will need to keep in mind that, regardless of the passage of time, it is extremely a lot lively and ongoing. There are not any set timescales and we stay dedicated to finishing up an intensive investigation.

‘We absolutely admire that it continues to have a big effect on all these concerned – together with the households of the infants, workers and sufferers on the hospital in addition to members of the general public.’

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