Lucy Letby “twice attempted to murder the same baby,” according to the court

Lucy Letby, 28, a neonatal nurse at Chester Hospital, whose home in Chester and childhood home in Hereford are under police care. The health worker was arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six, following an inquest into the Countess of Chester Hospital's neonatal unit. July 3, 2018. See ROSS PARRY story RPYDEATHS.

Lucy Letby is on trial for the alleged murder of seven babies and attempted murder of 10 others (Image: Chester Standard/SWNS)

A nurse accused of being a “poison at work” allegedly attacked a baby four times before finally killing it.

Lucy Letby is accused of harming 17 babies in the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit in the 12 months to June 2016, seven of whom died.

The 32-year-old, from Hereford, was described by prosecutors as a “constant malicious presence” on the ward as they began describing their case against her.

A baby, known only as Child I, was attacked by the nurse four times and eventually succumbed, according to prosecutors, despite being “resilient”.

It was described in court as “an extreme example even by the standards of this case”.

Ms Letby is said to have injected air into Child I’s stomach through a feeding tube – the first incident is believed to have taken place just days after another child was attempted to be murdered.

The court heard a colleague claim that she was standing in the doorway of a darkened room in the neonatal unit when the defendant noticed that Child I looked pale.

When the colleague turned on the light, she saw that Child I was “dying and not breathing.”

Mr Johnson invited the jury to wonder how Ms Letby observed the appearance of Child I by looking into a darkened room.

Lucy Letby

The 32-year-old nurse, who denies all the allegations against her, is present in court to have the allegations read to her

The jury also heard allegations this morning that Ms Letby tried to kill another baby – known only as Child H – on two consecutive nights.

Born prematurely, H suffered from a slew of medical problems in the first six days of her life, including two “serious” breakdowns that the nurse was said to have caused.

No cause could be identified for these episodes at this time, and both required dramatic interventions such as CPR and epinephrine.

The baby showed “dramatic improvement” when transferred to another hospital before later being returned to the Countess of Chester and eventually being discharged.

Mr Johnson said: ‘It is a remarkable fact in the case of (Child H) and others that once children were removed from the Countess of Chester and Lucy Letby’s sphere of influence, their sudden and remarkable recovery often ensued.’

The jury has now heard details of eight of the 17 children whom Mrs Letby is said to have murdered or attempted to murder.

Police at the Chester home of Lucy Letby, the nurse, have been arrested again on suspicion of the murders of eight babies in a hospital neonatal unit.

The sisters’ house was searched by police after she was arrested on suspicion of the crime (Image: PA)

Prosecutors claim she told the mother of premature twins: “Trust me, I’m a nurse” when she found a child “distressed” and bleeding from the mouth while in Ms Letby’s care, Manchester heard Crown Court yesterday.

It is alleged that the nurse attacked the baby – known only as Child E – and that they suffered what was described by a registrar as the largest bleeding they had ever seen in an infant.

Ms Letby is accused of making “fraudulent” grooming notes that were “false, misleading and designed to cover her tracks”.

A day later, prosecutors allege that Ms Letby tried to poison his twin brother, Child F, for the first time by injecting insulin into a bag of liquid.

As with others previously aired in the prosecution case, Ms Letby allegedly showed a “very unusual interest” in the twins’ family by checking out social media on numerous occasions, including on Christmas Day.

She denies all allegations against her. The process goes on.

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