Lucy Letby

After Killing Preemie, NICU Nurse ‘Would Not Leave Parents of Dead Newborn Alone’: Court

A British nurse who allegedly killed seven babies in 2015 and 2016 allegedly continued to bother a victim’s parents to the point that her supervisor intervened.

Lucy Letby is accused of killing a newborn boy who was born prematurely at Countess of Chester Hospital in 2015. Letby was assigned to another baby, who was located in a different room, but she was unexplainedly in the newborn boy’s intensive care unit when he suddenly declined and died.

Letby was not assigned to the deceased baby — who prosecutors believe had air forced air into his stomach via a nasogastric tube.

“I asked Lucy to focus on [her designated baby] because I was still concerned about him. However, Lucy went into the family room a few times and I asked her to come out and leave that family with Melanie Taylor [the assigned nurse],” a supervising nurse testified, according to The Guardian.

The supervising nurse stated that before the newborn’s death, there were no concerns about his condition — making Letby’s presence in the room suspicious. She said his vitals were stable, but she admitted during cross-examination that he was in a “potentially-fragile” state.

According to the BBC, the supervising nurse also testified that she told Letby to tend to her assigned baby more than once. However, she could not recount how many times that occurred.

The deceased baby in this case is believed to have been Letby’s second victim. She is currently on trial for murdering seven babies and trying to kill 10 more. She has been accused of injecting air into the victims’ bloodstream and giving them insulin.

In one of the cases, the former nurse allegedly tried to kill a premature baby girl, called Child I, on three instances before she was successful. Afterward, she reportedly sent a sympathy card to the victim’s parents.

The trial continues.

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