Nurse Accused in Multiple Infant Deaths Testifies in New Attempted Murder Case

Manchester, England – Lucy Letby, a nurse previously convicted of murdering seven infants, firmly denied allegations of harming newborns as testimony was heard in her ongoing trial concerning the attempted murder of a two-hour-old premature baby. Letby, 34, is accused of deliberately misplacing the baby’s breathing tube, endangering the infant’s life at the Countess of Chester Hospital in northwest England in February 2016.

During the proceedings on Monday, Letby rebutted the prosecution’s presentation of her as a caregiver capable of harming those under her care. “No,” Letby responded when confronted by prosecutor Nick Johnson KC, who suggested that her past convictions aligned with someone who would commit such acts.

This case revisits allegations from Letby’s last year trial at Manchester Crown Court where besides the murders, she was also charged with the attempted murder of six other infants. Letby has consistently denied involvement in these previous accusations.

The current charges involve an incident reportedly occurring in the early morning hours of February 17, 2016. Letby is alleged to have tampered with a seriously premature infant, identified only as Baby K, immediately after her nurse stepped away momentarily. Dr. Ravi Jayaram, a consultant pediatrician, testified that he observed Letby beside the baby’s incubator without acting while the infant’s blood oxygen levels plummeted to dangerous lows.

Letby contended she had no memory of the incident and told the court she was caring for another baby in a different room at the time. She highlighted her activities with the other child, including feeding and changing duties, documented around the same period the alleged incident occurred.

Adding to the complexity of the case, the court reviewed Letby’s movements and actions around Baby K’s incubator. Letby argued that any issues regarding the baby’s care were not due to her actions but possibly due to inexperience among the nursing staff or mismanagement of medical equipment.

Throughout her testimony, Letby refuted claims made by Dr. Jayaram, linking them to an ongoing grievance process involving both parties, which, according to her, might affect the credibility of his statements.

Despite the serious allegations, Letby was not implicated in Baby K’s death several days later after being transferred to another hospital. The defense pointed out the hospital’s challenges in managing the premature infant, questioning the adequacy of care provided.

As the cross-examination continued, Johnson pressed Letby regarding her previous acceptance of Dr. Jayaram’s observations during her police interview. Letby clarified that she had assumed the police investigation accurately reflected the events unless proven otherwise.

The case continues to unfold as further testimonies and evidences are expected to provide more insight into the actions and circumstances surrounding the care of Baby K and other infants allegedly affected by Letby’s interventions. The defense persists in their arguments against the accusations, portraying Letby as a professional caught in unfortunate procedural and institutional failures.