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NICU Nurse charged with murdering seven babies, leaving behind note that “I Killed Them on Purpose”

by | Oct 14, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

The murder trial of Lucy Letby, a former neonatal nurse, began this week in Manchester Crown Court. She is charged with murdering seven newborn babies and attempted to murder 15 others at Countess of Chester Hospital in Northwestern England between 2015 and 2016. Letby has plead not guilty.

Letby, from Hereford, listened from the glass-enclosed dock as the prosecution outlined its case on the second day of her trial.

According to Megan Quinn

Evidence found in Letby’s home contain her confessions to intentionally killing several infants.

In 2018, police recovered disturbing handwritten notes composed by Letby admitting her crimes. 

“I am evil,” the notes read. “I killed them on purpose because I am not good enough to care for them. I am a horrible, evil person.” 

Other notes directly contradicted her confession.

“I haven’t done anything wrong, and they have no evidence so why have I to hide it away?” Letby also wrote. …

During 2015 to 2016, there was a sharp increase in unexplained infant deaths at the hospital.

Investigators and doctors were stumped as to why this kept happening and considered common denominators surrounding the infants’ deaths. 

The only conclusive one they discovered was all of their deaths aligned with Letby’s shift hours. 

Seven newborns, five boys, and two girls, reportedly died in Letby’s care in 2015 and 2016.

Letby stands accused of injecting air, milk, and insulin into the infants’ bloodstream via IV and breathing tubes. “Letby allegedly attempted to kill one infant three times before doing so on her fourth attempt,” Quinn reported. 

Media accounts of the trial are horrific. The jury heard a mother of twins who “walked in on a nurse attempting to murder one of her baby boys who then told her: “Trust me, I’m a nurse.”

Another mother walked into the neonatal ward with his milk. She didn’t understand that  Letby, 32, was allegedly trying to kill the five-day-old boy, jurors were told.  The infant was “acutely distressed” and bleeding from the mouth, the court heard.

“The boy was one of seven babies allegedly murdered by Letby on the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester hospital, where she worked, between June 2015 and June 2016,” Josh Halliday reported.

Her attorney portrayed Letby as a “dedicated nurse” and in “no way did she want to harm them [the infants].”

“She loved her job,” her defense attorney Ben Myers told the court. “She cared deeply about the babies and also cared for their families.”

Myers also claimed that Letby’s notes were not a murder confession, but rather “the anguished outpouring of a young woman in fear and despair when she realizes the enormity of what is being said about her.”

Myers attempted to deflect blame on the hospital, stating that many of the infants who died were “vulnerable” due to their prematurity and that they should have been placed at a specialist children’s hospital.

The trial is expected to last up to six months.

Letby denies seven counts of murder and 15 counts of attempted murder, relating to 17 babies in all.

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