On Monday, a nurse in the U.K. entered a not-guilty plea to charges that she attempted to kill 10 additional children while also killing five baby boys and two baby girls. Prosecutor Nick Johnson told a jury at Manchester Crown Court in northwest England that Lucy Letby, 32, was a “constant, evil presence” in the neonatal section at the Countess of Chester Hospital, according to The Independent.
According to the prosecution, some of the babies Letby is accused of killing or attempting to kill between 2015 and 2016 were given insulin injections, while another was given an air injection. She allegedly made three attempts to kill one infant.
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After January 2015, the hospital, according to Johnson, saw a “significant rise in the number of babies who were dying and in the number of serious catastrophic collapses,” while prior to that time, the hospital’s infant mortality rates were comparable to those of other busy hospitals. Johnson told the jury that “a poisoner was at work” at the hospital.
Johnson claimed that once hospital officials looked into the significant rise in newborn mortality, they discovered Letby to be the “common denominator” and that the deaths coincided with her shifting work hours.
Lucy Let by was on duty when both people were poisoned, and Johnson informed the jury that she was the poisoner. Given how carefully regulated access to neonatal units is, “there are very few people who could have been the poisoner.”
Johnson added, “The falls of all 17 youngsters involved were not ‘naturally occurring catastrophes.” They were all the result, according to what we allege, of the actions of the woman in the dock, who was the continuous, evil presence as things started to get worse for these 17 kids.
The Cheshire Police Department reports that Letby was initially detained in 2018 on suspicion of perpetrating the offences, but “was later released on bail pending additional investigations.” A year later, she was detained once more “on suspicion of murder in connection with the deaths of 8 babies and the attempted murder of 6 newborns,” according to police, as well as “the attempted murder of three other kids.”
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