Friends of Lucy Letby are reportedly in disbelief following the young neonatal nurse’s arrest for the murders of at least eight babies.
The Times reported that Letby, 28, is also suspected of trying to kill six babies housed at Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit. Hospital officials asked local police to investigate in May 2017 after noticing a spike in mortalities beginning in 2015. Now, detectives are exploring the possibility that Letby was behind as many as 17 deaths and 15 life-threatening incidents at the Chester, England, hospital.
The story quickly grabbed international headlines, leaving many close to the disgraced nurse in shock.
“Lucy is so dedicated to her job. [She] just spent a week in Torquay on holiday with her parents,” a neighbor of Letby’s parents told The Times.
“I just truly can’t believe it. She was a good little girl. She was a delight.”
Letby worked for the hospital since graduating in neonatal nursing from Chester University in 2011. She has been a registered children nurse since September 2011 and had a clean record with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, according to The Times.
A friend who wished to remain anonymous described Letby as an “amazing person.” Meanwhile, Jordan Sands, who knew Letby through an ex-girlfriend, told the newspaper that the nurse was “awkward and geeky” but was “seemed like a kind-hearted person.”
The 28-year-old nurse is reportedly being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder charges but she hasn’t been formally charged. Authorities haven’t released causes of death for any of the 17 babies involved in their investigation.
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