A British judge has denied bail to a nurse accused of murdering eight babies and attempting to murder 10 other infants in an English hospital’s neonatal unit.
- Lucy Letby was arrested for the third time this week following a years’ long police investigation
- She was previously arrested in 2018 and 2019, but was only charged this week
- Police have refused to release details of the case
Lucy Letby was charged with committing the offences between 2015 and 2016 while she was working at the neonatal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital, south of Liverpool.
Ms Letby, 30, appeared in the dock for the first time on Friday.
She spoke only to confirm her name, remaining otherwise passive during the hearing.
Her lawyer applied for bail, but Judge Steven Everett rejected the application.
He also banned the publication of any information that may identify witnesses and alleged victims.
The nurse was arrested for the third time this week following a police investigation into the babies’ deaths.
The investigation began in 2017 and detectives initially looked into the deaths of 15 babies between 2015 and 2016.
However the probe later widened to include more than a dozen “non-fatal collapses” in infants in the same period.
Ms Letby was previously arrested in 2018 and 2019 but was not charged until this week.
Police have described the case as “highly complex and very sensitive” and declined to provide details.