Lucy Letby was a ‘constantly malevolent’ presence in the neonatal unit, court hears | British news

A nurse poisoned two newborn babies and was a “constant malevolent” presence in a hospital neonatal unit as other infants died or unexpectedly collapsed, a court has been told.

Lucy Letby, 32, is accused of murdering seven babies and attempting to murder a further 10 between June 2015 and June 2016 at the Countess of Chester hospital, a jury heard.

Jurors at Manchester crown court were told that Letby poisoned two baby boys “deliberately with insulin” two days after they were born. Both newborns, who can only be named as Baby F and Baby L, were from separate sets of twins. They both survived.

Nick Johnson KC, prosecuting, told the jury: “We say that the collapses and deaths of the 17 children named in the indictment do not normally occur tragedies. They were all the work, we say, of the woman in the dock, as we say was a constant malevolent presence as things took a turn for the worse for these children.”

Letby has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of murder and 15 counts of attempted murder in connection with the babies.

Johnson told jurors the Countess of Chester’s neonatal unit was like any other in the country, treating premature or sick babies. But at this unit, he said, “there was a poisoning at work”.

He said there was a “significant increase” in the number of babies dying or suffering “severe catastrophic collapses” from June 2015, when Letby allegedly began killing or attempting to kill infants.

Consultants noted that infants who were dying were “unexpectedly deteriorating” and that when infants collapsed severely they could not be revived.

“Some of the babies who didn’t die collapsed dramatically, but then recovered – just as dramatically – again. Their collapse and recovery defied the normal experience of treating physicians,” Johnson said.

Police launched a review into the deaths and collapses after consultants noted that the incidents had one “common denominator: the presence of one of the neonatal nurses, and that nurse was Lucy Letby”.

Johnson said many of the deaths or sudden collapses of babies occurred during night shifts that Letby worked with. When she was moved to day shifts, he said, “the collapses and deaths carried over to the day shift”.

He added: “The fact that there were two deliberate insulin poisonings will help you when you consider whether the collapses and deaths of other children on the unit were the result of someone sabotaging them or whether they were tragic coincidences.”

Letby listened to the prosecutor from the glass-enclosed dock, surrounded by three security officers.

Family members of some of her alleged victims sat in the public gallery. On the other side of the public gallery sat the defendant’s parents, John, 76, and Susan, 62.

The judge, Sir James Goss, told jurors that the charges against Letby were “bound to provoke an instinctive reaction of horror”. Nevertheless, he told them to “put your emotions aside” so they could consider the evidence “calmly, rationally, fairly and dispassionately”.

The trial continues.

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