Lucy Letby trial: Nurse tried to kill newborn baby twice, trial told

A nurse accused of murdering babies on a neonatal ward tried to kill a premature baby girl on two consecutive night shifts, a court has heard.

Lucy Letby is charged with murdering seven babies and attempting to murder 10 others at Countess of Chester Hospital in 2015 and 2016.

Manchester Crown Court heard the attempts on the girl’s life happened when she was five and six days old.

Ms Letby, 32, from Hereford, has denied 22 charges.

Continuing the prosecution’s opening statement, Nick Johnson KC said the case of the child, referred to for legal reasons only as Baby H, was complicated by the sub-optimal treatment given to her.

He said she had a series of medical problems, which had known causes, but had suffered two inexplicable collapses on two consecutive nights.

As Baby H was being given treatment in the unit’s intensive care section, Mr Johnson said Lucy Letby “would have had the cover of legitimacy for accessing her intravenous lines just before she collapsed”.

He said on the…

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