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Nurse questioned over neo-natal unit baby deaths released on bail

Countess of Chester Hospital Photo: PA

A nurse who was re-arrested following an investigation into the deaths of a number of babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital's neonatal unit has been bailed pending further inquiries, a Cheshire Police spokesman said.

Lucy Letby, 29, was re-arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of six babies.

She was also arrested in connection with the attempted murder of another three babies.

"I would like to remind people that, due to the nature of this investigation, it is extremely challenging and remains very much active and ongoing.

“We remain committed to carrying out a thorough investigation as soon as possible and I want to reassure people that we are doing everything we can, as quickly as we can, to identify what has led to these baby deaths and collapses.

“We fully appreciate that it continues to have a big impact on all of the families involved and staff and patients at the hospital, as well as members of the public.

"All of the babies’ parents have been updated and are being supported throughout the process by specially trained officers."

– Detective Inspector Paul Hughes
  • Police urged anyone with information to get in touch with the investigation team at operation.hummingbird@cheshire.pnn.police.uk.

  • Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or via the Major Incident public portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/9901020317C89-PO1