GUILTY AGAIN: Evil Lucy Letby tried to kill premature tot Baby K

Lucy Letby
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Evil ex neo-natal nurse Lucy Letby has been found guilty of attempting to murder another baby who she was supposed to be caring for.

Infamous Letby is already serving life after being found guilty of murdering seven babies and attempting to murder six others. Today, she has been found guilty of attempting to murder another newborn, reports The Mirror. A jury of six men and six women found her guilty at Manchester Crown Court.

The infant was referred to throughout both trials as Child K and was just three days old when she died. The first jury was unable to reach a verdict about whether Letby had attempted to kill her at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

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Now, the court heard how 90 minutes after her birth, Letby deliberately dislodged Child K's breathing tube, which was providing the child with air and oxygen.

The parents of Child K gasped and cried as the foreman read out the verdict following the jury's three-and-a-half hours of deliberation. The re-trial heard evidence from a consultant who the jury heard had caught Letby "red-handed" over Child K's cot and failing to act as her oxygen levels dropped.

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While providing evidence, Letby denied attempting to hurt any baby in her care. The trial began on June 12 and heard from Letby on Monday, where she swore an oath on the Bible and confirmed her full name, date of birth and age.

She told the court she is "not the sort of person that kills babies" and she was "not guilty of what I was found guilty of". Ben Myers KC, defending, asked: "Did you attempt to murder (Child K)?"

To which Letby said: "No." Mr Myers said: "Did you intend to do her any harm at all?" She repeated: "No." Mr Myers said: "Do you accept you have ever intended to hurt any baby in your care?" Letby replied: "No I don't." Mr Myers went on: "Do you accept that you have ever tried to harm any baby in your care?" "No," she said.

Letby told the jury how she did not recall the events which had taken place in nursery one, the intensive care room at the hospital. The court heard how Child K was born "extremely premature" at 2.12am on February 17, 2016, and weighed just 1lb 8oz (692g)

The baby was moved to the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neo-natal unit’s intensive care room before she was stable enough to be moved to a more specialist hospital. Hours after the child's birth, Letby was said to have been “caught virtually red-handed” by a senior consultant paediatrician when he saw her standing over the cot “doing nothing” as Child K’s blood oxygen levels dipped.

The jury was told Child K was eventually transported to Wirral’s Arrowe Park Hospital later the same day and died three days later. Letby was accused of attempting to murder the infant by displacing her breathing tube when she was being treated at the unit, Manchester Crown Court heard.

In a witness statement read to the court, Child K’s mother said she was lying awake in the family accommodation area at Arrowe Park in the early hours of February 20 when she had the “strangest feeling which I cannot begin to describe”.

Lucy Letby in handcuffs
Lucy Letby in handcuffs -Credit:PA

She said: "As we walked into the room I could see the monitors and sats (oxygen saturation) readings were low. I knew straight away things weren’t great. The doctor confirmed the worst. I asked if it was just a waiting game now or if she was going to get better.

"We had a long conversation and she said what happens next was entirely our decision. I remember saying to the doctor she had been poked and prodded from the moment she was born.

"Her tiny little delicate body had swollen up so much we didn’t want her to be suffering any more. We didn’t want to be informed we’d lost our little girl by alarms on the machines going off.

"We didn’t want to prolong things any more. We made the decision together to switch off the machines and let her go. It was by far the hardest decision of my life.

“One of the staff showed us to a family room where it was peaceful and quiet. Our daughter was wrapped in a blanket and was wearing a little hat. Our daughter was in my husband’s arms when she took her last breath and silently passed away.”

Before sending the jury out to decide on the single charge of attempted murder, Mr Justice Goss told the jury: "You decide the case on, and only on, all the evidence placed before you. There will be no more and you must not speculate about what other evidence there might have been.

“As I said at the very beginning of the trial, you must not approach the case with any preconceived views and you must cast out of your decision-making process any response or approach to the case based on emotion or any feelings of sympathy or antipathy you may have. It is instinctive for anyone to react with horror to any allegation of deliberately harming a child, the more so a vulnerable, very premature baby.

“You will naturally feel sympathy for (the parents of Child K). You must, however, judge the case on all the evidence in the case in a fair, calm, objective and analytical way, applying your knowledge of human behaviour, how people act and react, and using your common sense and collective good judgment in your assessment of the evidence and the conclusions to be drawn from it.”

Letby during a police interview
Letby during a police interview -Credit:Cheshire Constabulary

He added: “You do not have to resolve every conflict in the evidence and be sure about every point that has been raised or try to determine exactly what happened. You are not detectives and, you may think, it would be a remarkable and exceptional case in which a jury could say we know everything about what happened in any case. Nor do you have to be sure of any motive or motives. Motives for criminal behaviour are sometimes complex and not always clear. You only have to make decisions on those matters that will enable you to say whether the defendant is guilty or not.”

The judge said Letby’s convictions for murder and attempted murder “does not prove that she has committed this offence on this occasion”. He added: “Her previous convictions may only be used as some support for the prosecution case if, having assessed the evidence, you are satisfied that it is right so to do.”

Trial judge Mr Justice Goss told Letby: “Having been convicted of this offence of attempted murder you will be sentenced for it. That sentencing hearing is on Friday morning and you will be here for that. Obviously you are serving a whole life sentence in any event.”

Letby will be sentenced on Friday at 10.30am. A public inquiry into how Letby was able to commit her crimes on the neo-natal unit is set to begin at Liverpool Town Hall on September 10.