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In a shocking turn of events, UK Nurse Lucy Letby has been found guilty of a horrifying series of baby murders. The 33-year-old nurse, employed at the Countess of Chester hospital, has been branded the country’s most notorious baby serial killer in recent times.
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A Devastating Betrayal of Trust
Letby was convicted of murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six others at the hospital where she worked. The courtroom heard accounts of her using various methods to harm the infants, such as injecting air into their blood and stomachs, overfeeding them with milk, physically assaulting them, and poisoning them with insulin.
Her actions, which took place on the neonatal ward between 2015 and 2016, have been described as a “complete betrayal of the trust placed in her” by Pascale Jones of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The CPS further revealed that Letby’s intention was to trick her colleagues into believing the babies died from natural causes.
During their investigation, police discovered handwritten notes in Letby’s house. One chilling note read: “I am evil I did this.” This evidence, along with other findings, supported the prosecutions’ argument that she secretly attacked 13 babies, causing immense harm, grief, and death.
In 2018 and 2019, Letby was arrested twice in connection to the investigations, and again in November 2020. Additional notes uncovered during searches of her home revealed her stating, “I don’t deserve to live. I killed them on purpose because I’m not good enough to care for them.”
An Unimaginable Tragedy for Families
The affected families expressed their devastation in a joint statement, describing the loss of their babies or the harm inflicted upon them under such circumstances as unimaginable. They acknowledged that despite justice being served, it would not erase the extreme hurt and distress they experienced.
Investigation & Trial
When a steep rise in the number of babies dying or unexpectedly collapsing was noticed at the hospital, concerns were raised by consultants. However, these concerns were initially dismissed by the hospital’s management.
Letby was relocated from the hospital’s neonatal ward in September 2016 after two male triplets died and a baby boy collapsed on three consecutive days in June 2016. However, she was scheduled to return to the neonatal department in March 2017.
A Baffling Personality
Lucy Letby’s persona presented in the court did not fit the image of a prolific child killer. Her friends and family members, including her parents, showed up in court to support her. Despite the horrific nature of the crimes she was being accused of, Letby maintained a neutral expression throughout the emotionally charged trial.
Social media photos showed Letby enjoying nights out with friends, dressing up, and goofing around for the camera. In court, however, she was a stark contrast to this, appearing feeble and clutching a pink scarf like a comforter.
Letby’s Double Life
Letby’s communication with friends and colleagues through WhatsApp and Facebook messages painted a picture of a seemingly normal life. Yet, the same messages also hinted at a possible God complex. As she began to realise she was under suspicion, her texts showed a clear shift in her mental state.
Apology Ordered for Letby
It was revealed that senior doctors were ordered to apologise to Letby after repeatedly raising concerns that she may have been behind a series of unexplained baby deaths. The hospital executives felt the external reviews exonerated Letby and decided in January 2017 that she should return to work on the unit.
Verdict and Aftermath
After a 10-month trial, Letby was found guilty of her horrific crimes. She will be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on August 21. The UK government has ordered an independent inquiry into the murders, including “how concerns raised by clinicians were dealt with.”
This brutal and heartbreaking event has shaken the nation and raised serious questions about the practices and procedures on hospital wards. The victims’ families, the hospital staff, and the general public are left grappling with the reality that the person they trusted with the care of their babies was, in fact, their worst nightmare.