Mother of newborn allegedly killed by ‘killing nurse’ Lucy Letby heard baby’s ‘horrible screams’

MANCHESTER, England – The mother of a newborn allegedly killed by Lucy Letby has told how she heard his “horrific” screams and saw blood around his mouth when she entered to find him alone with the nurse.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told a jury she was “scared” after seeing her five-day-old son because she “knew something was very wrong”.

Letby, 32, on trial in the UK, is accused of murdering seven babies and trying to kill 10 others in the neonatal ward of Countess of Chester Hospital in a year-long killing spree between 2015 and 2016.

The jury was previously told how the mother had walked by while Letby was in the process of murdering one of her twin sons – known as Child E – by injecting him with air.

Neonatal nurse Lucy Letby, 32, allegedly killed seven babies and tried to kill 10 more.  (Credit: SWNS)

Neonatal nurse Lucy Letby, 32, allegedly killed seven babies and tried to kill 10 more. (Credit: SWNS)
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Letby allegedly tried to kill his brother – Child F – the next day by injecting insulin into a feeding bag.

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The mother tearfully witnessed and said she had gone to the neonatal ward to give milk to her twins, both of whom were in incubators side by side in the same room.

She said: “I could hear my son crying, and it was like nothing I had heard before.

“I walked over to his incubator to see blood coming out of his mouth. I panicked because I felt like something was wrong. It was a noise that shouldn’t have come from a little baby. I can’t explain what the noise was,” she continued. ‘It was horrible. More a scream than a cry. I could hear it in the small hallway.’

The mother said she was going to comfort her child, “but it hadn’t worked” and he kept crying until she left 10 minutes later.

She had asked Letby what was wrong with her son, and the nurse had told her the bleeding had been caused by a feeding tube rubbing his throat, the court heard.

A court sketch shows Lucy Letby appearing via video link at Warrington Magistrates' Court.  November 12, 2020. The neonatology nurse is charged with the murder of seven babies and the attempted murder of another 10 has appeared in court.

A court sketch shows Lucy Letby appearing via video link at Warrington Magistrates’ Court. November 12, 2020. The neonatology nurse is charged with the murder of seven babies and the attempted murder of another 10 has appeared in court.
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The mother said she accepted the explanation but was still concerned, although she had then returned to the postnatal ward as per Letby’s instructions.

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“She had authority and knew better than I did, and I trusted her completely,” she said.

But on her return, she called her husband because she “knew something was very wrong” and was “scared.”

Child E’s condition worsened and the mother later returned to the neonatal ward and found medics who tried to resuscitate him.

She said her son’s death had left her “broken” and she hadn’t been able to bathe him since then, so Letby had done it instead.

Letby had placed child E in a white dress and the mother said she remembered being “grateful because we didn’t have any clothes for him because he was so small”.

The mother said Letby later gave her a photo she took of Baby F hugging a teddy bear that had belonged to his deceased brother.

The Countess of Chester Hospital, where nurse Lucy Letby worked in Chester, England.

The Countess of Chester Hospital, where nurse Lucy Letby worked in Chester, England.
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“She presented me with a photo. She said, ‘I have this photo. He rolled over and hugged [his] bear. I loved it so much, so I took a picture for you.'”

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Earlier, the mother told the court how she thought her twins were doing well after she was born prematurely by caesarean section.

“I thought they were in good shape for gestation,” she said.

She said she was later given the impression by staff that they were both “well enough to travel” and could be transferred to a hospital closer to her home.

“I was still sensitive, sore and vulnerable [from the birth],” she continued, “but I was over the moon because the guys were perfect.”

She was cross-examined by Ben Myers, who defended Letby, who said he “disagreeed” with the mother’s version of events.

Cheshire Police in the UK searched Lucy Letby's home in 2018 when they found handwritten notes that were shown to jurors this week.

Cheshire Police in the UK searched Lucy Letby’s home in 2018 when they found handwritten notes that were shown to jurors this week.
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He said Letby was not alone with Baby F when the mother came in, but was accompanied by a doctor.

And he wondered if the fluid around his mouth was blood or actually aspirated – matter pulled from the baby’s body by suction.

The trial continues on Tuesday.

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