Cheshire nurse held on suspicion of murder bailed
The nurse arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies at the Countess of Chester hospital has been released on bail.
28 year old Lucy Letby has been questioned by detectives for three days before her release yesterday morning. She has not been charged and has instead been bailed pending further inquiries.
Her arrest follows a year-long investigation into the deaths of babies at the hospital’s neonatal unit in 2015-16.
A representative from Cheshire Police said: “We continue to recognise that this investigation has a huge impact on all of the families, staff and patients at the hospital as well as members of the public. Parents of all the babies continue to be kept fully updated and are being supported throughout the process by specially trained officers. This is an extremely difficult time for all the families and it is important to remember that at the heart of this there are a number of bereaved families seeking answers as to what happened to their children.”
A spokesman for the Countess of Chester hospital NHS foundation trust said: “We are continuing to support Cheshire police with their ongoing investigation.
“In line with the trust’s current policies, the member of staff involved will not be returning to work while this matter is ongoing. We will not be commenting further at this time.”
It is understood that Letby was suspended 12 months ago and was removed from clinical duties into an administrative role. She was detained as part of an investigation into 17 deaths and 15 non-fatal collapses of babies between March 2015 and July 2016. A Liverpool hospital where Letby trained is also involved in helping the police with their investigations.
On Friday, police continued to search Letby’s semi-detached home in Blacon.