Child killer nurse Lucy Letby handed another whole-life sentence for attempted murder of premature baby


Child killer nurse Lucy Letby has been jailed for another whole-life sentence for the attempted murder of a premature baby girl.

Letby, 34, was found guilty at Manchester Crown Court earlier this week of the attack on the newborn infant during a night shift at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit in February 2016.

The case was a retrial regarding a single allegation concerning the baby girl, known as Child K, after the first jury could not reach a verdict.

Last August, she was convicted at the same court by another jury of the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of six others, with two attempts on one child. She is already serving 14 whole-life orders for each of those offences committed on the unit between June 2015 and June 2016.

Child K was born at 25 weeks when she weighed just 692g, and was described by the prosecution as the “epitome of fragility”.

Consultant paediatrician Dr Ravi Jayaram told the retrial he caught her “virtually red-handed” when he entered nursery one at about 3.45am and he then went on to intervene and resuscitate Child K. The doctor told jurors he saw “no evidence” Letby had made any attempt to help the deteriorating baby.

About 90 minutes after her birth, Letby dislodged the breathing tube through which she was being ventilated with air and oxygen.

From the witness box, Letby told the jury of six women and six men she had no recollection of the event described by Dr Jayaram and did not accept it had taken place.

She denied she did anything harmful to Child K and added that she had not committed any of the offences she had been convicted of.

Letby also denied the prosecution’s claims that she interfered with the infant’s breathing tube on two more occasions during the same shift to create the impression it was accidentally displaced.

Child K was transferred to a specialist hospital later on February 17 because of her extreme prematurity and died there three days later.

More than two years later on a late Friday night in April 2018, Letby searched on Facebook for Child K’s surname.

Child K was transferred to a specialist hospital later on February 17 because of her extreme prematurity and died there three days later.

The Crown said it was part of a pattern of similar Facebook searches which showed Letby’s “fascination” with the babies she had murdered and attempted to murder, and with their families.

In May, Letby lost her Court of Appeal bid to challenge her convictions from last year.

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