The 29-year-old nurse is arrested again by the police in the hospital's newborn ward on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill nine others
- Lucy Letby was arrested at Chester Hospital last year after the death of infants
- She was interviewed last July about the alleged murder of six babies in the hospital
- The nurse was arrested again today for three further alleged attempted murders
A nurse was arrested again by the police to investigate the deaths of 17 babies in a Cheshire hospital.
Lucy Letby was arrested last July by detectives who investigated infant deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital between 2015 and 2016.
The 29-year-old was originally interviewed about the alleged murders of eight babies and the attempted murders of six others.
Police say they are currently investigating alleged attempted murders of three other newborns in the hospital's newborn section, bringing the total number of potential victims to 17.
28-year-old Lucy Letby was arrested last July on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempted murder of six other babies as part of a police investigation into the deaths of 17 babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital. She was arrested again this morning
The police ransacked their home today, almost a year after the property was first searched
Cheshire Police Detective Inspector Paul Hughes said today: “As part of our ongoing investigation, we have today arrested medical professionals on suspicion of murder of eight babies and attempted murder of six babies.
She was also arrested in connection with the attempted murder of three other babies. The woman is currently in custody and is helping officials with her investigation. & # 39;
The police investigation, The company, which started in May 2017, initially examined the deaths of 15 babies between June 2015 and June 2016.
The probe has expanded since then and the police are currently investigating the deaths of 17 babies and 16 non-fatal breakdowns between March 2015 and July 2016.
After arresting Letby for the first time last year, the police ransacked her £ 180,000 duplex in Chester. The officers also searched Letby's parents' home in Hereford. Letby has been on bail ever since.
The parents of the affected babies were informed about today's developments and are supported by specialist officials, the police said this morning.
The police said Letby's backrest was part of the "highly complex and very sensitive case".
The police searched Letby's semi-detached house in Chester after her first arrest last summer
The police returned to the property today. Another forensic tent was set up outside
DI Paul Hughes added: “I want to reassure people that we will do everything we can as quickly as possible to determine what has caused these deaths and breakdowns in babies.
& # 39; Because of the nature of this investigation, it is extremely difficult, but it is important to remember that it is very active and ongoing. There are no set schedules and we continue to strive to conduct a thorough investigation as soon as possible.
"At this stage, we cannot go into further details of the investigation, but as soon as we can provide further updates, we will."
Letby started working at Chester Hospital after graduating from Chester University in 2011 and has a clean record with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She was the face of a campaign to raise £ 3m for the unit.
The probe is investigating the deaths of 17 babies and 16 non-fatal breakdowns between March 2015 and July 2016. The police were in the hospital today