Nurse convicted of killing baby at UK hospital receives 15th life sentence

A British court has sentenced a nurse convicted of killing seven newborns while on the job to life imprisonment for murdering a baby girl at the hospital where she worked.

A jury at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday found nurse Lucy Lettby, 34, guilty of attempting to murder the baby while it was in intensive care at the Countess of Chester Hospital in northwest England in February 2016.

“She has been found guilty by two separate juries and the verdicts mean she will never be released from prison,” prosecutor Nicola Wynne Williams said in a statement, describing the case as “incredibly difficult, complex and disturbing”.

Prosecutor Nick Johnson also pointed out that a paediatrician had caught the former nurse “red-handed” inserting a breathing tube into a newborn baby.

On Tuesday, Judge James Goss told Letby, who repeatedly maintained his “innocence”, that “the defendant coldly denies responsibility and has shown no remorse”.

In August 2023, the nurse was found guilty of murdering seven newborns and attempting to murder six more at Countess of Chester Hospital in 2015 and 2016. In her attempted murders, the nurse used intravenous air injections, nasogastric tubes to deliver air, and overdosed milk into the stomachs.

Letby’s motive is unclear and, according to a British judicial decision at the end of May last year, she cannot appeal the sentence.

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