A nurse in a UK hospital, Lucy Letby, was found guilty of hurting seven babies on Friday. She also tried to hurt six more.
Lucy, 33, got in trouble for what happened to five baby boys and two baby girls at the Countess of Chester Hospital between 2015 and 2016. People said she hurt newborns by doing things like putting air into their blood or feeding them in a wrong way.
“Lucy Letby sought to deceive her colleagues and pass off the harm she caused as nothing more than a worsening of each baby’s existing vulnerability. In her hands, innocuous substances like air, milk, fluids – or medication like insulin – would become lethal. She perverted her learning and weaponized her craft to inflict harm, grief and death, ” said Pascale Jones, the person against her in court.
“Time and again, she harmed babies, in an environment which should have been safe for them and their families,” Jones added after the decision on Friday.
People also think Lucy gave babies the wrong medicine and messed with their breathing. Lucy said she didn’t do any of these things. The law says we can’t tell the babies’ names.
After 22 long days, a jury of seven ladies and four guys made their call. They even went down one juror due to personal stuff. In the end, the judge said 10 out of 11 agreeing was good enough.
Letby got off on one charge of trying to murder someone. But the jury couldn’t make up their minds on some others.
Back in October, when the trial started, people said that the hospital saw more baby deaths in 2015. It just didn’t make sense. Some babies had real bad moments but got better with doctor help.
People pointed fingers at Letby. They said every time something bad happened, she was around. They even called her a “bad shadow” in the baby ward. They think she hurt the babies, but in sneaky ways. They said she made others think it was all normal.
The first baby she was blamed for was a tiny boy who lived only a day back in June 2015. They think she did something bad with air and his blood.
Police started looking into this in May 2017. Letby got arrested a bunch before they finally charged her in 2020.
They found a note at her place that said, “I am evil, I did this” was “literally a confession.” But her lawyer said, “Nope!” He said she’s a good nurse who just wanted to help.
He even said maybe other things caused the problems, like not enough staff or other people making mistakes. And he thought maybe some big-shot doctors were trying to make her look bad.
Letby spoke up for 14 days. She said she never hurt any baby. “I only ever did my best to care for them,” she testified. “I am there to care not to harm.”. She got real upset and talked about the notes and papers she had at home about the babies.
On one note, she wrote, “I don’t deserve to live.” And, “I killed them on purpose because I’m not good enough to care for them.”
But her lawyer said those notes were just her feeling bad about herself, not admitting guilt.
“One note says ‘not good enough,'” defense lawyer Ben Myers said. “Who did she write that for? She didn’t write that for us, the police or these proceedings. That is a note to herself. Writing for herself.”
The final decision about what happens to Letby? That’s coming up on Monday at 10am local time, says the BBC.