British nurse Lucy Letby sentenced to life in prison for murdering 7 babies

Sweta Gupta
Sweta GuptaAug 22, 2023 | 13:35

British nurse Lucy Letby sentenced to life in prison for murdering 7 babies

Lucy Letby worked at Countess of Chester Hospital in northwestern England. (Photo Credit: AP)

In this chilling narrative of serial killers, Lucy Letby, a British nurse who worked at Countess of Chester Hospital in northwest England, has been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Letby was found guilty by a jury last Friday for the sinister murders of seven babies and the chilling attempted murders of six others.

The case unfolded

Lucy Letby, aged 33, was declared guilty of the heart-wrenching crimes that took place within the confines of the UK hospital where she was employed. Her shocking acts left a trail of heartbreak, leading to an extraordinary whole life order imposed upon her by the Manchester Crown Court on Monday. These acts occurred between June 2015 and 2016, cementing her status as the most prolific child serial killer in modern British history.


The culmination of Letby's downfall began with her arrest in July 2018, ultimately resulting in her guilty verdict on August 18, 2023. Following a rigorous 10-month trial, the jury acquitted her of two counts of attempted murder. However, a shadow of uncertainty lingered over the alleged murders of five more innocent souls as the jury grappled to reach a verdict.

Details of the murders

  • Letby's tactics included administering air injections, forcefully feeding babies milk, and using insulin to poison them.

  • A doctor investigating the case noticed that the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the affected babies, many of whom were born prematurely or had inherited health issues, made it unclear how they died. Describing Letby's actions as a "cruel, calculated, and cynical campaign of child murder," the judge highlighted the sinister nature of her deeds.

  • The motive behind Letby's actions remains unclear, although some speculate that she may have derived satisfaction from the dramatic scenes that unfolded as doctors rushed to save the babies she attacked.

  • She showed a particular interest in vulnerable babies, including twins and those with health issues.

Lucy Letby via Twitter

Despite the severity of her crimes, Letby chose to remain absent from the courtroom during her sentencing.

Contributions from medical professionals

Ravi Jayaram, a pediatrician of Indian origin associated with the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester, emphasized that taking action sooner based on his concerns about former nurse Lucy Letby could have potentially saved lives.

Jayaram noted that there are four or five babies who might have been attending school now if not for Letby's actions.

After the verdict, Jayaram was quoted by ITV News as saying, "I do truly believe that there are four or five babies who could be attending school now if not for this."

Letby's confession

During police searches at her home, authorities discovered notes written by Letby. In one of these notes, she wrote, "I don't deserve to live. I killed them on purpose because I'm not good enough to care for them."

Another note contained the words "I am a horrible evil person," with the chilling phrase "I am evil I did this" written in capital letters.




The trail of tragedy

The accounts of Letby's actions are haunting and tragic. From the twins experiencing horrifying attacks in June 2015, to the attempted murders, the story paints a heartbreaking picture:

  • Baby A tragically lost his life on June 8, followed by an attempt on his sister's life just 28 hours later.
  • Baby C, described as a "tiny feisty boy," was murdered on June 14, 2015.
  • Baby D was lost on June 22, 2015.
  • Baby E faced tragedy on August 4, 2015, followed by a murder attempt on his brother just 24 hours later.
  • Baby G was left with severe disabilities due to Letby's actions, with two attempted murders in September 2015.
  • Baby I, remembered as alert and content, passed away on October 23, 2015.
Countess of Chester Hospital (Photo Credits: AFP)

The heart-wrenching cycle continued in April 2016 with twin boys, and in June 2016 with another baby boy. The tragedy extended to a family with triplets, where two of the brothers lost their lives on June 23 and 24, 2016.

The horrifying acts committed by Lucy Letby have left a profound impact on all those affected, forever etching this dark chapter in history.

Last updated: August 22, 2023 | 13:36
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