Nurse Lucy Letby Arrested Over Murder Of Eight Babies Is Bailed

FILE The Countess of Chester Hospital north west of England

FILE The Countess of Chester Hospital north west of England

Officers have arrested nurse Lucy Letby on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six at one British hospital where she is now employed.

July 5, 2018 (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) - The hospital in Chester, southeast of Liverpool, asked police in May 2017 to investigate a sudden, unexplained mortality-rate spike in the unit that houses premature babies and those needing special care.

Letby was arrested on Tuesday after a long-running investigation into a higher-than-expected amount of baby deaths at the hospital.

Cheshire Police said: "This is an extremely hard time for all the families".

They added: "Parents of all the babies continue to be kept fully updated and are being supported throughout the process by specially trained officers".

"We would like to remind the media to respect the privacy of the families involved".

Letby "had worked at the hospital's neonatal unit since graduating from University of Chester in 2011 with a degree in child nursing, and spent time at the unit during her training", says The Daily Telegraph.

Nurse Letby is reported to be in custody while officers search her home and the home of her parents.

Cheshire Police is investigating the deaths of 17 babies in total, as well 15 "non-fatal collapses", that occurred at the unit between March 2015 and July 2016.

"Whilst this is a significant step forward in our enquiries it is important to remember that the investigation is very much active and ongoing at this stage", Detective Inspector Paul Hughes, who is in charge of the investigation, previously said in a statement.

Ian Harvey, the Countess of Chester Hospital's medical director, confirmed that the hospital and all staff members are helping the police with their investigation.

The hospital had carried out independent expert medical reviews into the deaths before alerting the police. "We hope that the families of those who died will be honoured by a just and thorough investigation of these tragic deaths".

"We are confident the unit is safe to continue in its current form", Harvey said.

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