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Cheshire baby murder suspect revealed as nurse Lucy Letby


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.

Anyone with any further information regarding the police investigation can get in touch with the Operation Hummingbird team by emailing


Readers' comments (5)

  • This person is still on the register, WHY?
    Even though it is an alleged crime at the moment, it is sufficiently serious to at least suspend her from the register.
    We dont need Jacky Smith all over the TV as she did at Stepping Hill Hospital in 2011. Then she blamed an innocent nurse

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  • Why???

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  • Surely it is because she has not yet been charged with the offences, only arrested on suspicion of them, let alone found guilty in a court of law. She is currently in custody & I suspect will be suspended from work. I would expect the NMC has to follow the "innocent until proven guilty" theory, however strong the evidence may be!

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  • The employer has a duty to report serious cases to the NMC at an early stage & they may impose an interim suspension from the register or conditions which would prevent her from working.

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  • I am suspicious about nurse Lucy Letby`s criminal investigations and alleged blame for these babies` deaths.... I just wonder if she witnessed unsafe care which caused these deaths and has recently aired her concerns to other colleagues?.............. I may be wrong but my GUT INSTINCT tells me she is innocent, as I am unable to grapple why Nurse Letby is to blame at this point???

    Why did the Trust fail on the following:

    (1) Staffing on the unit was 21% lower than the recommended safe levels in 2014/15
    (2) Pathologists failed to check toxicology, blood electrolytes, or blood sugar tests.
    (3) The hospital's reporting policy for unexplained neonatal deaths was inadequate.

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