By: Savannah Smith | 07-05-2018 | News
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UK - Shock as British Nurse Is Suspected of Murdering 17 Babies

The world is shocked when news erupted that a British nurse is suspected of having killed eight babies and attempting to kill six more newly-born children at another hospital.

The nurse-suspect is identified by local media reports as 28-year-old Lucy Letby from Chester. Detectives are investigating the suspicious deaths of as many as 17 babies in the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit between March 2015 and July 2016. Local reports say the suspect was arrested on Tuesday morning at her home. She remains in police custody while the investigation is ongoing to determine the extent of possible crimes she may have committed.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">EXCLUSIVE: First pictures of nurse arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies at UK hospital <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; The Sun (@TheSun) <a href="">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A blue tent could be seen set-up outside her home on Westbourne Road, in Chester, and officers were spotted searching the property as well as that of her parents. Letby’s house is just about 1.5km from the hospital.

A University of Chester graduate, Letby is said to have worked at the hospital as a pediatric nurse since 2011 after she graduated. She is also reported by the local media to have worked there as a student nurse during her three years of training.

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Police launched a probe in May last year into the mysterious deaths of 15 babies and six non-fatal collapses at the women and children’s unit of the Countess of Chester hospital between June 2015 and June 2016. The force said on Tuesday that the investigation had widened to also cover the deaths of 17 babies and 15 non-fatal collapses between March 2015 and July 2016.

Letby was even pictured smiling and holding up a baby gown when she was featured in the hospital’s internal newsletter, the Standard, in March 2013. In the article, she appeared to enthusiastically discuss her role in the neonatal unit. She said then: “My role involves caring for a wide range of babies requiring various levels of support. Some are here for a few days, others for many months and I enjoy seeing them progress and supporting their families.

Letby added on the profile interview of her: "I am currently undergoing extra training in order to develop and enhance my knowledge and skills within the Intensive Care area and have recently completed a placement at Liverpool Women's Hospital.”

Now that same hospital, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, has also launched a probe of its own after the said revelation came out that Letby spent time training there.

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It is not yet clear what her duties were at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Merseyside. But a spokesperson for the hospital confirmed that “a healthcare worker currently involved in a police investigation undertook placements at Liverpool Women's during their training.”

The second hospital also said they are committed to cooperate with the police investigation that may include a routine review of patients cared for on their Neonatal Unit during the time of said placements under probe. The hospital says, however, that there is no suggestion at this point that any patients at their medical facility came to any harm in relation to the ongoing investigation.

Some social media users have taken to Twitter, however, to express their discomfort and disagreement with the local media already “plastering” the suspect’s photos and personal and family details online when she has yet to be charged for anything.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Why has Lucy Letby been plastered everywhere when she hasn’t even been charged yet.<br>Seems wrong. <br>Yes - emotional case because of the babies BUT what if she is innocent? Reminds me of Christopher Jeffries who was accused of murder and turned out it wasn’t him. Ruined his life.</p>&mdash; Helen; (@helen_a15) <a href="">July 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is a disturbing story but as inquiries are ongoing &amp; no charges yet brought it seems wrong to run a front page story with the suspect&#39;s photo, family &amp; educational history, price of her house &amp; quotes about her from unnamed &amp; tenuous connections <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Dr Hannah Quirk (@HannahQuirk1) <a href="">July 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Those interested in the <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#lucyletby</a> case shld be aware of <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ColinNorris</a>, a man who&#39;s spent years inside 4 murders he probably didn&#39;t commit. Statistical anomalies in mortality rates don&#39;t always point to a serial killer. This MAY be an innocent nurse being put through hell<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#chester</a></p>&mdash; 🇪🇺 Unwariest 🇪🇺 (@Unwariest) <a href="">July 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I am appalled at <a href="">@BBCNews</a> for splashing Lucy Letby&#39;s name and face all over the place. WHAT IF SHE DIDN&#39;T DO IT? Because FYI, the last nurse whose name and face you splashed when she was arrested for murder TURNED OUT TO BE INNOCENT. But you&#39;d already ruined her life anyway.</p>&mdash; Nurse Tweetit (@Nurse_Tweetit) <a href="">July 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I don’t agree with the vilification of this <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Nurse</a> until Guilt has been established. It’s happened in error before. Agree? Lucy Letby arrested over <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ChesterHospital</a> baby deaths <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; #MyNameIsStephen (@EvenStephen) <a href="">July 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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tab No. 30510 2018-07-05 : 20:07

what is the evidence against her? regardless, have your babies AT HOME. hospitals are murder…

Anonymous No. 30533 2018-07-06 : 01:12

I agree have them babies at home or a vetted birthing center but stay away from the bacteria laden hospitals. If that nurse didn’t do this horror those hospitals and the nurse herself sure have some lousy luck.

Dee Bray No. 30508 2018-07-17 : 17:23

They must have tons of evidence to prove her guilt, she looks so kind, and gentle, as the saying goes,”you can’t judge a book by it’s cover” Thank God other babies will be safe now.

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