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Nurse Lucy Letby charged with murder after Chester hospital baby deaths

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A nurse is due in court charged with eight counts of murder following an investigation into baby deaths at the Countess of Chester hospital neonatal unit in Cheshire.

Lucy Letby, 30, is due to appear at Warrington magistrates court on Thursday. She was arrested for a third time on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the hospital, which began in 2017.

A force spokesman said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Cheshire police to charge a healthcare professional with murder in connection with an ongoing investigation into a number of baby deaths at the Countess of Chester hospital.”

He said Letby was facing eight charges of murder and 10 charges of attempted murder relating to the period from June 2015 to June 2016.

On Tuesday, police said parents of all the babies involved were being kept fully updated on developments and were being supported by officers.

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Source: The Guardian, 11 November 2020

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