(RightIsRight.co) – A 32-year-old nurse in the UK is standing trial on murder charges as she is suspected of intentionally killing seven babies and attempting to murder ten more.
Nurse Lucy Letby worked at the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital, the main hospital in the city of Chester, Northwest England, where she used insulin or air injections to murder the newborns.
Letby is accused of killing two baby girls and five baby boys, but she has pleaded not guilty before the Crown Court in Manchester, England, The Independent reported, as cited by Fox News.
According to prosecutor Nick Johnson, Letby was a “constant, malevolent presence” in the neonatal ward where she worked.
He said the nurse committed the baby murders or attempted murders in 2015 and 2016. In one case, she made three attempts to kill one baby. The child was left with “irreversible brain damage” as a result.
“[Letby’s hospital saw a] significant rise in the number of babies who were dying and in the number of serious catastrophic collapses [after January 2015],” Johnson told the court.
Before that, he stressed that the hospital’s infant mortality rates were similar to other busy hospitals, adding that “a poisoner was at work” there.
The prosecutor said the hospital investigation discovered that nurse Lucy Letby was the “common denominator” in all cases of infant deaths. The killings were aligned with her work hours.
“Lucy Letby was on duty when both were poisoned, and we allege she was the poisoner. There’s a very restricted number of people who could have been the poisoner, because entry to a neonatal unit is closely restricted,” Johnson told jurors.
“The collapses of all 17 children concerned were not ‘naturally occurring tragedies. They were all the work, we say, of the woman in the dock, who we say was the constant, malevolent presence when things took a turn for the worse for these 17 children,” the prosecutor elaborated.
Letby first got arrested on suspicion of committing the baby murders in 2018, the Cheshire Police Department said. However, she “was subsequently bailed pending further inquiries.”
In 2019, she was detained again “on suspicion of murder over the deaths of 8 babies and the attempted murder of 6 babies,” plus “the attempted murder of three additional babies.”
The nurse’s trial is expected to last for up to six months. She pleaded not guilty to seven counts of murder and 15 counts of attempted murder.
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