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A nurse has been charged with eight counts of murder and 10 counts of attempted murder in connection with an investigation into baby deaths at a UK hospital.
Lucy Letby, 30, was working as a healthcare professional at the Countess of Chester Hospital when the deaths occurred.
Cheshire Police confirmed on Wednesday, November 11, that it has been authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge Letby over the deaths.
Letby, of Arran Avenue, Hereford, had previously been arrested in 2018 and 2019, police said.
She was re-arrested on Tuesday, November 10, and has since subsequently been charged.
The charges relate to the period of June 2015 to June 2016.
She has been held in custody and is due to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 12.
Upon her latest arrest on Tuesday, November 10, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes, of Cheshire Police, said: "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.
"We fully appreciate that it continues to have a big impact on all those involved – including the families of the babies, staff and patients at the hospital as well as members of the public.
"It has been more than three years since we first launched an investigation into a number of baby deaths and non-fatal collapses at the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
"In that time a dedicated team of detectives have been working extremely hard on this highly complex and very sensitive case doing everything they can as quickly as they can to identify what has led to these baby deaths and collapses."
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