Nurse Lucy Letby pleads not guilty to murdering 7 babies and trying to kill 10 others


    Lucy Letby has pleaded not guilty to murdering seven babies and trying to kill 10 more. The nurse is alleged to have carried out these attacks over the space of a year while working in an NHS neonatal unit.

    The trial of the Chester nurse began today at Manchester Crown Court.

    The charges relate to the deaths and alleged attempted murders of 17 babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and June 2016.

    Ms Letby has denied all charges.

    The nurse stands accused of murdering five boys and two girls.

    There are 22 charges in total, these concerning the 17 babies, some of whom Ms Letby is alleged to have attempted to murder on multiple occasions.

    Of those she is alleged to have attempted to murder, five are boys and five are girls.

    Ms Letby was surrounded by three members of security staff when she stood to enter her pleas at Manchester Crown Court this morning.

    Her parents, John and Susan, watched on.

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    The trial is expected to last for up to six months.

    More to follow.


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