Mom Walked in on Nurse Allegedly Trying to Kill Baby

Court hears horrific details in Lucy Letby trial
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2022 3:00 AM CDT
Nurse Allegedly Murdered Baby, Sent Parents Sympathy Card
This court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook shows Lucy Letby appearing in the dock at Manchester Crown Court, in Manchester, England, Monday Oct. 10, 2022.   (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)

The British nurse on trial for allegedly murdering seven infants, including two out of a set of triplets, and attempting to murder 10 others sent the parents of one baby she allegedly killed a sympathy card after the 2-month-old girl's death, prosecutors said. Lucy Letby tried to murder the premature infant, referred to in the trial as Child I, on "four separate occasions," a prosecutor said in court. On multiple occasions, he said, Letby injected air into the baby's body. "It was persistent, it was calculated, and it was cold-blooded," he said, but the "resilient" infant survived the first three attempts before the fourth one killed her. As the girl's mother was bathing the baby after she died, Letby allegedly walked into the room smiling and reminiscing about being present at the baby's first bath.

She later sent the card, and also kept a picture of it on her phone, prosecutors said. The court has been told of several other instances in which Letby allegedly tried to kill infants on multiple occasions before ultimately succeeding, including one case in which a doctor walked in on her allegedly attempting to kill a baby by interfering with a breathing tube. In another case, a mother walked in on Letby allegedly attempting to kill one of her infant twins but was told by Letby that the nasogastric tube was simply irritating his throat and that the mother should "Trust me, I'm a nurse" when the mother saw that the baby boy was in distress and bleeding, prosecutors said, per the Guardian. Both babies later died. In the case of the twin, Letby is also accused of attempting to murder his sibling. (Read more nurse stories.)

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