A British judge has refused to grant bail to a nurse accused of killing eight infants and killing 10 other infants in a hospital’s neonatal unit.
LONDON – A British judge has refused to grant bail to a nurse accused of killing eight infants and killing 10 other infants in a hospital’s neonatal unit.
Lucy Leby was accused of committing the crime between 2015 and 2016, when she was working in the newborn unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital in northwest England.
30-year-old Letaby appeared in the dock for the first time on Friday. She only spoke for confirmation of her name and remained inactive during the hearing. His lawyer applied for bail, but Judge Steven Everett rejected the application. He banned the publication of any information that could identify witnesses and alleged victims.
The nurse was arrested for the third time this week as the police investigation into the infant’s death in the hospital’s neonatal unit began for the first time in 2017.
Detectives initially observed 15 infant deaths between 2015 and 2016, and later investigations broadened to include more than a dozen “nonfatal collapse” in infants over the same period.
Letabi was previously arrested in 2018 and 2019, but was not charged until this week.
Police described the case as “highly complex and very sensitive” and refused to provide details.