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nurse indicted for killing seven babies

The allegations against the nurse date back to 2015-2016, a period when “unexplained” deaths increased at a hospital in north-west England.

A British nurse suspected of the murders of seven newborn babies and the attempted murder of ten others in an English hospital was accused at the start of her trial on Monday, October 10, of being “the common denominatorto infant mortality.

Lucy Letby, 32, who worked in the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital in north-west England, has denied the murders of five little boys and two little girls and the attempted murders of ten other babies between June 2015 and June 2016.

Prosecutor Nick Johnson told jurors at Manchester Court that the hospital’s neonatal unit had seen an increase”significant» of infant mortality and number of unconscious from January 2015 and for 18 months.

This is a hospital like many in the UK, but unlike other hospitals and neonatal units in the country, there was a poisoning on the ward at Chester HospitalJohnson said.

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“A Common Denominator”

Pediatric consultants had been concerned since June 2015 about the higher than normal number of newborn deaths, many of which were described as “unexplained” Where “unexpectedaccording to a report published in July 2016 by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. “After looking for a cause, the consultants noticed that death or fainting had a common denominator“, juror Nick Johnson explained in front of the court in Manchester.

The presence of a nurse, and that nurse was Lucy Letby“, he explained, pointing out that many of the deaths had taken place at night when she was on duty. “When Lucy Letby was switched to day schedules, Fainting and Death switched to day schedules“, he added.

Letby had been arrested and later charged in November 2020 as part of the infant death investigation, having already been questioned twice in 2018 and 2019, with no action taken at that time. According to one study, two babies were poisoned with insulin and “the only plausible conclusionis deliberate poisoning, according to Mr. Johnson.

It’s not an accident“, he added.”In our opinion, they were all the work of the woman present in the dock. She was the constant malevolent presence when things took a turn for the worse for these 17 children.»

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