Nurse charged with murder of eight infants in UK denied bail 1 week ago

Nurse charged with murder of eight infants in UK denied bail

She will be detained until her trial.

A nurse charged with the murder of eight infants in the UK has been denied bail.

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Lucy Letby was charged with eight counts of murder and 10 counts of attempted murder in connection to several cases of baby deaths in a hospital in Cheshire, England.

The 30 year old former nurse was rearrested last week and is currently in police custody. She has since been denied bail.

According to ABC News, Letby appeared before the judge for the first time on Friday. She spoke her name at the hearing and remained otherwise silent.

Judge Steven Everett denied Letby's lawyer's request for bail and banned the publication of any material that may identify the alleged victims.

Letby was arrested for the third time last week. She had been arrested first in 2018 and later again in 2019 in connection with the infant deaths.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Cheshire Police to charge a healthcare professional with murder in connection with an ongoing investigation into a number of baby deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital," read a statement.

"Lucy Letby, of Arran Avenue, Hereford, is facing eight charges of murder and 10 charges of attempted murder. The charges relate to the period of June 2015 to June 2016.

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"The 30-year-old was re-arrested on Tuesday, 10 November, and has since subsequently been charged."

An investigation was initially launched into infant deaths at the Countess of Cheshire Hospital in 2017. Police was originally concerned with the deaths of 15 babies between June 2015 and June 2016, before the investigation was expanded to include 17 deaths and 16 non-fatal collapses.

Letby worked as a student nurse in the hospital for three years before graduating to become a children's nurse.

Police have declined to provide further details about the case.