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Nurse arrested on suspicion of murdering 17 babies

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A UK nurse has been arrested on suspicion of the murder and attempted murder of babies at a hospital neonatal unit. 

Lucy Letby, 29, who worked at the Countess of Chester Hospital in England, was previously arrested last year but was released without charges. 

Letby was first taken into custody in July 2018 in regards to the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six.

Cheshire Police are now investigating the death of 17 infants between 2015 and 2016, the BBC reports.

Her arrest comes after concerns of a ‘higher number than usual neonatal deaths’ in June of 2015.

The scope of the investigation was then widened to look into 17 baby deaths and 16 ‘non-fatal collapses’ between March 2015 and July 2016, The Sun reports.

Letby has been on bail since her arrest last year and it is understood her home is being searched by police.

According to The Telegraph, the hospital first launched an internal inquiry after finding that premature babies who had collapsed with heart and lung failure were unusually impossible to resuscitate. They also developed strange blotches on their arms and legs after death.

A spokesperson for the Countess of Chester Hospital confirmed the hospital was ‘co-operating fully’ with the investigation.

‘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,’ Detective Inspector Paul Hughes 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.’

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