Lucy Letby found guilty of trying to murder two-hour-old baby girl

Lucy Letby has been found guilty of the attempted murder of a baby girl.
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Lucy Letby has been found guilty of the attempted murder of a baby girl.

The 34-year-old nurse was previously found guilty at Manchester Crown Court in August by another jury for the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of six others at the Countess of Chester Hospital's neo-natal unit between June 2015 and June 2016.

A verdict on the charge involving a baby known as Child K could not be reached and a retrial at the same court was ordered on that single count.

On Tuesday, 2 June, a new jury found Letby guilty of attempting to murder the "very premature" baby by intentionally removing her breathing tube on February 17, 2016. After being transferred from the delivery room to the neo-natal unit following her premature birth, Child K became a target for Letby.

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Prosecutors described the baby, who was born at 25 weeks' gestation and weighed only 692g, as the "epitome of fragility". Letby was caught about 90 minutes after the child's birth tampering with Child K's breathing tube, which was providing vital air and oxygen.

Dr Ravi Jayaram, a consultant paediatrician, discovered Letby "virtually red-handed" as he entered the intensive care room around 3.45am, where he then stepped in to resuscitate the child.

During the trial, Dr Jayaram testified that upon entering the room, he saw no signs of Letby assisting the distressed baby, who was next to her incubator. He recalled hearing neither a cry for assistance from Letby nor the sound of alarms as Child K's blood oxygen levels plummeted.

Letby informed the panel of six women and six men that she couldn't recall such an incident ever happening. She denied doing anything detrimental to Child K, insisting 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 that Child K was habitually displacing her own tube.

On February 17, Child K was moved to a specialist hospital due to her substantially premature birth and passed away there three days later. There was no post-mortem carried out, with extreme prematurity and severe respiratory distress syndrome listed as the causes of death.

Over two years later, on a late Friday evening in April 2018, Letby took to Facebook in search of the surname of Child K.

Prosecutor Nick Johnson KC highlighted this act as indicative of wider behaviour during the trial, stating: "The truth is that Lucy Letby had a fascination with the babies she had murdered and attempted to murder, and with their families. She took pleasure in her murderous handiwork."

Originally accused of murdering Child K, the case against Letby collapsed when the charge was withdrawn in June 2022 after prosecutors declined to present evidence.

In May, Letby's challenge to overturn her convictions was dismissed by the Court of Appeal. 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.

A court order prohibits reporting of the identities of the surviving and dead children involved in the case.

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