A British nurse has denied murdering eight babies and the attempted murder of 10 others over the period of a year. Lucy Letby, who worked at the Countess of Chester Hospital neonatal unit, entered her plea at Manchester Crown Court earlier Tuesday.
The 31-year-old pleaded “not guilty” 18 times as the charges were put to her over a video link from HMP Peterborough, where she is currently on remand. Ms Letby, of Arran Avenue, Hereford, is alleged to have murdered five boys and three girls whilst working at the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital.
She is also accused of the attempted murder of five boys and five girls; all alleged offences committed between June 2015 and June 2016. The prosecution and defence counsel discussed administrative matters throughout the hearing.
Police began investigating baby deaths at the hospital in 2017, and arrested and charged Letby last year. She was previously arrested twice, in 2018 and 2019, but was twice bailed pending further enquiries. The identities of the surviving and deceased children, as well as their parents, are protected by a court order. A judge remanded Letby in custody and said a trial lasting up to six months will be held from October 2022.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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