A nurse was on Wednesday charged with murdering eight babies and trying to kill 10 more at the hospital where she worked in Cheshire, United Kingdom.
Thesun.co.uk reports that Lucy Letby, 30, was arrested following a three-year investigation into the deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit.
Letby has been charged with murdering eight babies and trying to kill 10 more.
She is due to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court today to face the charges, a spokesman for Cheshire Police said.
Letby, of Arran Avenue, Hereford, was arrested for a third time on Tuesday as part of the investigation into deaths at the hospital, which began in 2017.
Police launched a probe after the hospital raised concerns at the high number of deaths between March 2015 and July 2016 – which were said to be 10 per cent above average.
An internal inquiry was undertaken when medics found premature babies had died following heart and lung failure.
Letby’s friends and family said at the time they were adamant the “awkward but kind-hearted” neonatal nurse was innocent.
A force spokesman said, “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.
“Lucy Letby, of Arran Avenue, Hereford, is facing eight charges of murder and 10 charges of attempted murder.