The woman held on suspicion of murdering eight babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital has been identified as 28-year-old children’s nurse Lucy Letby.
Ms Letby was arrested yesterday by Cheshire Police as part of an ongoing investigation into unexplained baby deaths at the hospital’s neonatal unit.
Detectives are currently looking into the deaths of 17 babies and 15 non-fatal collapses between March 2015 and July 2016.
On Tuesday they announced they had arrested a female “healthcare professional” on suspicion of murdering eight babies and the attempted murder of six others.
The worker in question has since been identified in national media reports as Ms Letby. Officers are understood to have searched her home in Chester and visited her parents’ property in Hereford.
In an interview in 2013 she told local newspaper the Chester and District Standard that she began working on the neonatal unit after graduating and cared for babies requiring various levels of support.
She is understood to have qualified as a children’s nurse at the University of Chester in 2011.
Cheshire Police said yesterday the arrest was a “significant step forward” in their investigation.
It got under in May after they were called in by the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust due to concern over an increase in the number of baby deaths.
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