Create a free profile to get unlimited access to exclusive videos, breaking news, sweepstakes, and more!
Lucy Letby, the British nurse standing trial for allegedly murdering seven newborn babiesand trying to kill several others allegedly tried killing one victim after celebrating the child’s 100th day alive, according to recent trial testimony, the BBC reported.
Letby, 32, who is facing 22 charges in connection with the series of neonatal killings and attempted killings, has pleaded not guilty. She was first arrested in 2018, according to the BBC. Her trial opened in Manchester Crown Court in October.
Jurors heard testimony last week that Letby helped create a celebratory birthday banner for one premature infant — referred to in the courtroom as Child G to protect the child’s identity — mere hours before the British nurse allegedly tried killing the small girl.
Child G weighed about 1 pound when she was born approximately 16 weeks premature, according to the BBC. She was later transferred to the neonatal unit at the hospital where Letby was employed.
The child’s mother recalled one time that Letby had come in and said that she had to take blood samples from the infant, per the BBC report.
"She said 'Wait in the parents' room,' which was not unusual, because nurses often say 'Go out and come back later,'” the statement said. “So I went for a coffee but something pinched me, and so I went back early.”
The child’s mother said she returned to find her tiny daughter “puzzled” and in hysterics.
"Lucy was with another member of staff trying to calm her down, they let me hold her in the end because that's what calmed her down — cuddles,” she wrote.
On Sept. 7, 2015 — after the previous incident — Child G was suddenly stricken with a number of distressing symptoms after Letby cared her, including vomiting and bleeding in her throat before her vital signs collapsed. The child was rushed to intensive care.
Child G survived the harrowing incident but suffered long term brain damage and has developed quadriplegic cerebral palsy, amongst other disabilities, her mother said in a statement read to the court.
The day after, Letby allegedly texted a former co-worker, inquiring how the parents were holding up.
“Devastated but determined she'll get through as always,” transcriptions of the text, which were read to the jury, stated. “Thought that if she got to 100 [days] then they would feel confident she'd be fine."
Letby wrote back, stating, "Awful isn't it[?]”
“We'd all been sat at desk at start of the shift making banner," Letbdy continued, referring to the celebratory banner she and other hospital staff had reportedly worked before the near-deadly incident.
Letby allegedly continued to ask her former colleague if she knew what had caused the child’s collapse.
“Nope. Just seems to be a [circulatory] collapse. Chest seems clear,” her co-worker wrote back, adding the child looked “grim.”
Prosecutors have previously described Letby as a “constant, malevolent presence” and a “a poisoner was at work.”
Her trial is expected to continue this week.
Crime News is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for Oxygen Insider for all the best true crime content.