Nurse bailed in investigation into infant deaths at Countess of Chester Hospital

Lead detective says case remains ‘active and ongoing’

Lead detective says case remains ‘active and ongoing’

Countess of Chester Hospital. Picture: Alamy

A nurse who was re-arrested by police investigating the deaths of several babies has been bailed.

Lucy Letby was re-arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies, and the attempted murder of six babies, between 2015 and 2016 at the neonatal unit at Countess of Chester Hospital.

She was also arrested in connection with the attempted murder of three additional babies.

Cheshire Constabulary said on Thursday that a woman had been bailed pending further enquiries.

‘Challenging’ investigation

Detective inspector Paul Hughes, who is in charge of the investigation, said: ‘I would like to remind people that due to the nature of this investigation it is extremely challenging and remains very much active and ongoing.

‘There are no set timescales for this and we would ask people to bear with us while we continue with our enquiries.

‘We fully appreciate that it continues to have a big impact on all of the families involved, and staff and patients at the hospital, as well as members of the public.’

Family support

DI Hughes added that the parents of the babies were being supported throughout the process by specially trained officers.

Anyone with information can contact the police via the Operation Hummingbird mailbox at or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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