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Who is Lucy Letby? guilty of killing seven babies

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 18, 2023. 08:43 pm UPDATED: Aug 18, 2023. 08:43 pm

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At the Countess of Chester hospital in the United Kingdom, neonatal nurse Lucy Letby was found guilty of murdering seven infants and trying to kill another six.

The 33-year-old was found guilty on Friday at Manchester Crown Court of the “persistent, calculated, and cold-blooded” killings of premature infants, according to the prosecution. Letby was also acquitted on both of the two attempted murder charges that she had faced. The nurse was charged with multiple offenses between June 2015 and June 2016, and the jury deliberated these charges for more than 96 hours.

In 2017, she was finally reported to the police, and in 2018, she was detained. On the counts for which she has been found guilty, Letby will receive her sentence on Monday.

How did Lucy Letby kill infants?

It was revealed during the trial how Letby killed newborns by injecting air into their bodies. She broke their diaphragms in a few instances. She once forced a tube down an infant’s throat in one instance.

She reportedly attempted to inject insulin into the feeding bags of two infants. After giving a baby boy air, she responded to his cot monitor alarm by writing down a list of the emergency medications she had given him on a paper towel. She also used insulin to poison Child L, his identical twin.

Her victims included a newborn weighing less than 2 pounds who was fatally injected with air, two identical triplet brothers who were killed within 24 hours of one another, and a 10-week-premature baby girl who was killed following her fourth attempt.

She was described by DCI Nicola Evans of the Cheshire police as a “calculated and callous” killer who committed murder “under a cover of trust.” “Lucy Letby was sneaking around undetected. She mistrusted those who were close to her. Not just the parents who had trusted her to take care of their children, but also the nurses she worked with and the people she considered friends,” Evans said.

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