Nurse bailed in United Kingdom baby deaths investigation

Lucy Letby

Lucy Letby

Lucy Letby, 28, who was arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six other infants, has been bailed pending further inquiries, Cheshire Police said.

Lucy Letby has been bailed pending further inquiries into her connection to 17 babies' deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital during 2015 and 2016.

British police are combing the front garden of the home of a nurse suspected of killing up to 17 babies while working at a neonatal unit in the UK.

Officers have been searching Ms Letby's house in Chester, about a mile from the hospital, and were seen at her parents' property in Hereford.

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

Police were asked to investigate the deaths of eight babies at Chester in May 2017 - an investigation that has since widened to include nine more.

Ms Letby was even the face of a campaign to raise £3 million for the unit, and said at the time: 'I enjoy seeing them progress and supporting their families'.

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

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

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.

He said: 'Asking the police to look into this was not something we did lightly, but we need to do everything we can to understand what has happened here and get the answers we and the families so desperately want'.

Hughes called the investigation "highly complex and very sensitive" and said his detective team was doing "everything we possibly can to try to establish in detail what has led to these baby deaths and collapses". "We hope that the families of those who died will be honoured by a just and thorough investigation of these tragic deaths".

Police are also investigating 15 non-fatal collapses at the hospital's neonatal unit during that period.

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