By theBL Staff
First arrested in July last year, this nurse has been rearrested by police on suspicion of trying to murder three more infants.
Lucy Letby, 28, who worked at The Countess of Chester Hospital, was first arrested in July last year on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six.
She has now been rearrested in connection with the attempted murder of three additional babies, police said.
Detective Inspector Paul Hughes, who is in charge of the investigation, said: “In July 2018 a healthcare professional was arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of six babies at the neonatal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital.
“She was subsequently bailed pending further inquiries.
“As part of our ongoing investigation we have re-arrested the healthcare professional on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of six babies.
“She has also been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of three additional babies.
“The woman is currently in custody helping officers with their inquiries.”
Her arrest came after concerns were raised about a “higher than usual number of neonatal deaths” in June 2015.
At the time of her arrest, one friend of the Letby’s described Lucy as a “professional nurse” who was dedicated to her “dream job” and “wouldn’t hurt a fly”.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Lucy was doing the job she dreamt of doing and appeared nothing but dedicated and professional.
“You can’t imagine her hurting a fly let alone defenceless babies.”
A neighbor added: “I knew her when she was a little girl and she was as sweet as anything. I’ve seen her grow up and she seemed a lovely woman.
“So this news is deeply and utterly shocking. I can’t fathom it.”
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Det Insp Paul Hughes said the investigation was “extremely challenging” and that parents of all the babies were being kept fully updated.
“We fully appreciate that it continues to have a big impact on all those involved – including the families of the babies, staff and patients at the hospital as well as members of the public,” he said.
“This is an extremely difficult time for all the families and it is important to remember that, at the heart of this, there are a number of bereaved families seeking answers as to what happened to their children.”