Nurse goes on trial charged with murdering seven babies in neonatal unit

Lucy Letby is said to have gone on a year-long killing spree at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Lucy Letby
Lucy Letby

A nurse has gone on trial accused of multiple baby murders.

Lucy Letby, 32, faces charges that she murdered five boys and two girls, and attempted to murder another five boys and five girls, between June 2015 and June 2016.

Letby, of Arran Avenue, Hereford, is said to have gone on a year-long killing spree while working in the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester.

Police at the home of Lucy Letby in Chester
Police at the home of Lucy Letby in Chester (Peter Byrne/PA)

She denies all the allegations.

The defendant, wearing a dark suit, appeared in the dock on Tuesday as unreportable legal issues were aired.

Her parents, John, 76, and Susan, 62, watched as proceedings were relayed to annexe courtrooms attended by families of the children involved and members of the press.

Lucy Letby court case
John and Susan Letby arrive at Manchester Crown Court (Steve Allen/PA)

A court order prohibits reporting of the identities of surviving and deceased children allegedly attacked by Letby, and prohibits identifying parents or witnesses connected with the children.

The trial at Manchester Crown Court is estimated to last up to six months.

The hearing has been adjourned until Thursday when legal argument is expected to take place.

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