English police said Wednesday they suspect a 30-year-old nurse Lucy Letbyä the murder of eight babies and ten attempted murder. The suspected crimes took place at The Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester, North West England, between March 2015 and June 2016.
Letby, who worked as a nurse at the hospital, has also been arrested under a murder investigation in 2018 and 2019, but was previously released by police without further action. On Tuesday, police arrested Letby for the third time, and now he has been charged.
The matter is due to go to court today, Thursday.
Deaths have similarities
The hospital opened an investigation into infant deaths in 2016, when an exceptional number of consecutive deaths were detected in the neonatal unit. The research report reported how the hospital’s pediatricians were concerned about the sudden and unexpected deaths of babies as early as 2015. After investigating the matter, doctors noticed similarities in the deaths and took the matter out of the hospital for examination.
Police have been investigating the case since 2017. Director of Investigation Paul Hughesin according to the case, it is a very difficult and sensitive case, and the police working on it have done their best to find out the events behind the deaths of the babies.
The New York Times says Letby, who was suspected of murder, was interviewed by The Chester Standard in 2013. In an interview, Letby said he had worked at the hospital since 2011 and also done an internship there.
Director General of the Hospital Susan Gilby describes the news as worrying. However, he does not wish to comment on the case any further at this stage of the investigation.