Where is Lucy Letby Now? | The true story behind one of the UK’s worst child killers

What did Lucy Letby do? 

Lucy Letby is the nurse who was accused of murdering babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit. The attacks on these defenceless babies took place in 2015 and 2016, and she is believed to have used a number of different methods to end their lives. These methods included injecting air into them and poisoning them with insulin. 

Letby has the despicable title of being the most prolific serial killer of children in modern British history. Unfortunately, it is believed that she is responsible for many more murders. Two babies died under strange circumstances at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, where Letby was training to be a nurse, and police are investigating other cases as well.

What happened during the investigation?

An investigation took place into the unexplained deaths of babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital back in 2015, and it was discovered that Letby had been on shift each time these deaths occurred. The consultants reported these deaths as ‘medication errors’, which led to Letby being able to continue her murder spree. An immediate investigation could have been ordered if only they had been classified as ‘serious incidents involving unexpected deaths’. Many colleagues tried to warn senior management about Letby, but those calls were largely ignored. 

It wasn’t until March 2017 that the police eventually got involved in the case, and Operation Hummingbird was set up to investigate the unexplained deaths. Following a year-long investigation, Letby was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

What happened at the trial of Lucy Letby? 

Letby’s trial began on 10th October 2022 at Manchester Crown Court. She pleaded not guilty to 7 counts of murder and 15 counts of attempted murder. 

The trial lasted for 9 long months, and Letby was found guilty of the murder of 7 babies and the attempted murder of 6 more. 

There was a lot of controversy as the day of sentencing approached, as Letby refused to attend court to hear her fate. However, the judge read out her sentence as if she were in attendance, and she was sentenced to life imprisonment with a whole life order. 

In late August 2023, legislation was brought in by the UK government to make it compulsory for convicted criminals to attend their sentencing hearings. 

Where is Lucy Letby now?

Lucy Letby is currently serving her sentence at HMP Low Newton, a closed prison for women in County Durham. 

She has recently formally lodged an appeal to challenge all of her convictions. No date has been set for this appeal to take place. 

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