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    Nurse is re-arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and trying to kill another nine

    Nurse is re-arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and trying to kill another nine at the Countess of Chester hospital neonatal unit

    A healthcare professional, understood to be nurse Lucy Letby, has been re-arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and trying to kill another nine at the Countess of Chester Hospital neo-natal unit.

    Letby was previously arrested in 2018 and 2019.

    Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes of Cheshire Police said: ‘It has been more than three years since we first launched an investigation into a number of baby deaths and non-fatal collapses at the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

    ‘In that time a dedicated team of detectives have been working extremely hard on this highly complex and very sensitive case doing everything they can as quickly as they can to identify what has led to these baby deaths and collapses.

    ‘In July 2018, a healthcare professional was arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of six babies at the neonatal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital. She was subsequently bailed pending further enquiries.

    ‘In June 2019, the healthcare professional was re-arrested 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 three additional babies.

    ‘Today, as part of our ongoing enquiries, the healthcare professional has been re-arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of nine babies.

    ‘The woman is currently in custody helping officers with their enquiries.’

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