WORRIED mums who gave birth at a hospital now involved in a baby murder probe are demanding to know whether or not their child’s suffering was the result of “foul play”.
Pole-dancing nurse Lucy Letby, 28, is being questioned in custody on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six other infants.
Cavendish Press Police are said to have arrived at Ms Letby’s home at around 6am, while officers were also seen at her parents’ property in Hereford later on Tuesday
She is a nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit, and previously worked at Liverpool Women’s Hospital which is helping with the investigation.
On Tuesday police said the probe had widened to include 17 deaths and 15 non-fatal collapses of babies between March 2015 and July 2016.
And parents whose children were born at the Countess of Chester Hospital before collapsing have come forward to demand further answers.
Victoria Whitfield, 39, gave birth at the hospital in November 2013.
Lucy Letby is being quizzed by cops on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six other infants
PA:Press Association An officer outside Letby’s home yesterday
She has contacted police to ask if there is any connection between her child collapsing following birth, and the current investigation.
Thankfully her baby Felicity is now fine, but the mum told the Daily Mail: “We have questions about what happened and hopefully the police will be able to provide some answers”.
Another mum, who asked not to be named, gave birth to her son at the hospital in 2012 but her then suffered from a collapsed lung.
She said: “We need to know whether what happened to our son was the result of foul play, and there will be many more parents in the same boat as us.”
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Cavendish Press One friend said: ‘You can’t imagine her hurting a fly let alone defenceless babies’
Reuters A security officer stands outside the entrance to the Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester
Amid the investigation one friend said that Letby “wouldn’t hurt a fly” and that nursing was her “dream job”.
The pal, who asked not to be named, said: “We’re still reeling from it to be honest.
“Even after sleeping on it I think everybody around here is still in a state of shock and disbelief.
Cavendish Press Another pal said: ‘She was quite awkward and geeky but seemed like a kind-hearted person’