A former neonatal nurse has been found guilty of murdering seven babies and attempting to murder six others at a hospital in Chester, England.
Lucy Letby, 32, was arrested in July 2018 after a series of unusually frequent infant deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and June 2016. She was charged with eight counts of murder and ten counts of attempted murder in November 2020.
The trial, which lasted from October 2022 to August 2023, heard evidence that Letby had deliberately harmed the babies in her care by injecting them with air or a saline solution. The babies died from cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.
The jury at Chester Crown Court found Letby guilty of all 18 charges. She was sentenced to life imprisonment with a whole life order, meaning she will never be released.
Letby was born in Hereford, England, in 1990. She studied nursing at the University of Chester and worked as a student nurse at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and the Countess of Chester Hospital.
The judge, Mr Justice Dove, described Letby’s crimes as “wicked and evil”. He said she had “abused her position of trust” and had “caused unimaginable suffering” to the babies’ families.
The Crown Prosecution Service said it was “the most prolific case of its kind in modern British history”.
Letby’s defence team said they would be appealing against the verdict.
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