Letby can be sentenced on Monday and faces a prolonged jail time period, probably a uncommon full life sentence.
Her actions got here to gentle when senior medical doctors turned involved on the variety of unexplained deaths and collapses on the neonatal unit, the place untimely or sick infants are handled, over 18 months from January 2015.
With medical doctors unable to discover a medical motive, police have been referred to as in. After a prolonged investigation, Letby, who had been concerned within the care of the infants, was pinpointed because the “fixed malevolent presence when issues took a flip for the more severe”, stated prosecutor Nick Johnson.
Photos of Letby on social media portrayed a cheerful and smiling girl with a busy social life, and in a single photograph she was seen cradling a child. However, throughout months of typically distressing proof, her trial heard she was a decided killer.
The jury was informed how Letby had tried on 4 events to homicide one child lady earlier than she lastly succeeded. When one other of the sufferer’s moms walked in on her attacking twin infants, she stated: “Belief me, I am a nurse”.
At her house after her arrest, detectives discovered paperwork and medical notes with references to the kids concerned within the case. She had additionally carried out social media searches for the mother and father and households of the murdered infants.
Letby wept when she gave proof over 14 days, saying she had by no means tried to harm the infants and had solely ever needed to take care of them, blaming unsafe staffing ranges on the ward and its soiled situations.
She additionally claimed 4 medical doctors had conspired to pin the blame on her for the unit’s failings and had written the “I’m evil” message as a result of she had felt overwhelmed.
However the prosecution stated she was a chilly, merciless, calculating liar who had repeatedly modified her account of occasions and her notes ought to be handled as a confession.
Detectives stated they’d discovered nothing uncommon about Letby’s life and couldn’t decide any motive. “Sadly, I do not suppose we’ll ever know until she simply chooses to inform us,” stated Detective Superintendent Paul Hughes who led the investigation.
One senior physician on the neonatal unit, Stephen Brearey, informed the BBC that hospital bosses had failed to analyze allegations towards Letby and did not act on his and his colleagues’ considerations.
“Our workers are devastated by what has occurred, and we’re dedicated to making sure that classes proceed to be discovered,” stated Nigel Scawn, medical director at Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Basis Belief.
The federal government stated it had ordered an unbiased inquiry which would come with how considerations raised by clinicians have been handled, whereas the daddy of twins who survived her makes an attempt to kill them demanded solutions from the hospital.
“They might have stopped it,” stated the daddy, who can’t be named for authorized causes.
Police are finishing up additional investigations into on a regular basis Letby had labored as a nurse on the hospital and at one other one in Liverpool the place she had skilled, to establish if there have been any extra victims.
“There may be a variety of circumstances which might be energetic investigations that oldsters have been knowledgeable of,” Hughes stated.