A nurse has been re-arrested on suspicion of the murders of eight babies at a hospital neo-natal unit. Lucy Letby, 28, was initially arrested last July on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six other infants as part of a police inquiry into the deaths of 17 babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
It is understood she was re-arrested on Tuesday based on further evidence that has been gathered by Cheshire Police.
Ms Letby has also been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of three more babies. Detectives launched an investigation into infant deaths at the hospital in May 2017, initially looking at the deaths of 15 babies between June 2015 and June 2016.
The probe has since widened and police are currently investigating the deaths of 17 babies and 16 non-fatal collapses between March 2015 and July 2016. Today, Cheshire Police Detective Inspector Paul Hughes, who is in charge of the investigation, said: ‘As part of our ongoing investigation we have today 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 enquiries. ‘I would like to reassure people that we are doing everything we can as quickly as we can to identify what has led to these baby deaths and collapses. ‘Due to the nature of this investigation it is extremely challenging but it is important to remember that it is very much active and ongoing – there are no set timescales and we remain committed to carrying out a thorough investigation as soon as possible. ‘At this stage, we are unable to go into any further details about the investigation but as soon as we can provide any further updates we will do’.