‘I am evil,’ wrote British nurse found guilty of murdering seven babies in her care

Lucy Letby, aged 33, allegedly committed heinous acts against infants under her care at a neonatal ward in the Countess of Chester hospital in the UK. Manchester Crown Court heard that she injected air into their blood and stomachs, overfed them with milk, physically assaulted them, and poisoned them with insulin.

One tragic case involved Letby allegedly murdering a baby boy, identified as Child E, by injecting air into his bloodstream. The following day, she purportedly attempted to kill his twin brother, Child F, by poisoning him with insulin. Legal protections safeguard the identities of the children affected by these allegations.

During a search of Letby’s residence, authorities discovered handwritten notes, including one bearing the chilling message: “I am evil I did this.”

According to Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Letby is accused of secretly targeting 13 babies on the neonatal ward between 2015 and 2016. Prosecutors contend that she aimed to kill the infants while misleading her colleagues into believing natural causes were responsible for their deaths.

Pascale Jones from the CPS condemned Letby’s actions as a “complete betrayal of trust” and described how she transformed harmless substances like air, milk, fluids, and insulin into lethal weapons.

The families of the victims expressed their deep sorrow, noting that comprehending such circumstances is agonizing. Losing a child is an incredibly heart-wrenching experience no parent should endure, let alone under such shocking circumstances.

Nurse said ‘I killed them’ in handwritten notes

During 2018 and 2019, Lucy Letby was apprehended twice by the police as part of their investigation, with another arrest taking place in November 2020. Searches of her residence uncovered notes that she had penned.

In these notes, Letby wrote statements such as “I don’t deserve to live. I killed them on purpose because I’m not good enough to care for them,” along with “I am a horrible evil person.” In capital letters, she emphatically wrote, “I am evil I did this.”

Testifying in court, the mother of Child E and Child F conveyed her complete trust in Letby’s guidance. However, she sensed something amiss when Child E began screaming in the intensive care unit during one night. It was revealed that before Child E’s tragic demise, he experienced bleeding when Letby allegedly assaulted him.

Describing the sound as “horrendous” and more like a scream than a cry, the mother explained that it was unlike any sound a small baby should make. No post-mortem examination was conducted following Child E’s passing, and the mother believed that he had succumbed to natural causes.

Child F, the twin brother of Child E, fortunately survived an insulin poisoning attempt allegedly carried out by Letby.

Consultants told to apologize for raising concerns

Hospital physicians began to observe a significant increase in the number of infant deaths and sudden collapses, prompting concerns, as revealed in court.

However, the hospital’s management initially dismissed the concerns voiced by consultants regarding the heightened mortality rate of infants under Letby’s care, according to PA Media.

In September 2016, Letby lodged a formal complaint against her employers after she was transferred from the neonatal ward. This reassignment occurred subsequent to the deaths of two male triplets and the consecutive collapsing of a baby boy over three days in June 2016.

In the same year, the Royal College of Nursing union informed Letby of the allegations against her. However, the complaint was subsequently resolved in her favor, and doctors were instructed to extend written apologies to her.

While her reintegration into the neonatal department was initially scheduled for March 2017, her return did not materialize. Following this, the hospital trust contacted the police, leading to the commencement of an investigation.

‘Heartbroken, devastated, angry’

The UK government has initiated an independent inquiry into the murders, with a focus on addressing how clinicians’ concerns were handled.

This inquiry will investigate the “circumstances surrounding the deaths and incidents,” as outlined in a government statement released on Friday.

Furthermore, the inquiry aims to assess the actions taken by regulators and the National Health Service (NHS) in response to the concerns raised about Letby.

Health Secretary Steve Barclay assured that the perspectives of the victims’ parents would be central to the inquiry, recognizing the need to address numerous lingering questions.

“We acknowledge that justice has been served and the nurse responsible for our babies’ care has been proven guilty of causing them harm,” stated the families of the victims in a collective response on Friday.

Nonetheless, they emphasized that despite the justice served, the immense pain, anger, and distress they have endured remain unchanged. Their sentiments were reflected in their words: “We are shattered, devastated, outraged, and overwhelmed.”

The sentencing of Letby is scheduled to take place at Manchester Crown Court on August 21.

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