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Nurse found guilty of murdering babies

 August 19, 2023

Lucy Letby, a 33-year-old neonatal nurse in Britain, was found guilty of an abominable series of crimes, having been convicted of killing seven children and attempting to murder six others between June 2015 and June 2016, as the Daily Mail reported.

This verdict has placed her among the most heinous child murderers in modern British history, with a shadow cast over the treatment of 4,000 other newborns who were under her care during her career.

The jury acquitted Letby of two attempted murder charges but failed to reach a consensus on six additional counts of attempted murder. Letby's sentencing is set for Monday.

However, the accused did not attend court to hear the final verdicts, causing widespread outrage and calls for a new law to compel criminals to face their victims' families.

The Families' Agony

Outside the Manchester Crown Court, the bereaved families read a heartfelt statement, expressing their profound shock and despair over the loss of their babies under such appalling circumstances. 

The statement reads, "Over the past seven to eight years, we have had to go through a long, torturous, and emotional journey." 

"From losing our precious newborns and grieving their loss, seeing our children who survived, some of whom are still suffering today, to being told years later that their death or collapse might be suspicious, nothing can prepare you for that news," the statement added.  

Letby's brutal acts were not confined to one method, as they ranged from injecting air or insulin into babies' bloodstreams to using medical instruments with extreme force. In some instances, she appeared animated after the killings, even offering to bathe and dress her victims' bodies.

In a green Post-it note that was shown as evidence in court, she wrote, "I don't deserve to live. I killed them on purpose because I'm not good enough to care for them," as CBS News reported.

Further Investigation and Hospital Response

The police have initiated a new review concerning the 4,000 babies for whom Letby cared during her tenure at the Countess of Chester Hospital and two work placements at Liverpool Women's Hospital from January of 2012 to June of 2016.

Authorities have begun informing families that their children might be victims, though only particularly medically concerning cases will undergo further scrutiny.

An independent public inquiry is also underway, examining the circumstances surrounding the deaths and incidents, including the manner in which concerns that were raised by clinicians were handled.

Questions Surrounding Hospital Management

Serious questions have emerged regarding the hospital's response to the situation.

Consultants had requested Letby's removal from her position after suspicions arose, but hospital executives were reluctant to take action, initially refusing to believe she was responsible.

The Courtroom During Verdict

The courtroom was filled with intense emotion during the announcement of the first guilty verdicts. Letby was seen crying, and her mother's reaction was even more profound. 

She broke into a series of distressed sobs that continued after leaving the court. Her cries of disbelief, "You can't be serious. This cannot be right." 

Furthermore, a haunting detail emerged from the police investigation of Letby's home. They discovered another Post-it note she had written, which stated, "I am evil, I did this."