Lucy Letby baby murders: Police launch corporate manslaughter investigation | UK News

Police in Cheshire have launched a corporate manslaughter investigation into the Countess of Chester Hospital after nurse Lucy Letby was jailed for murdering seven babies.

The 33-year-old former nurse was sentenced to a whole life order after she was convicted of the murders of the babies and the attempted murders of six others at the hospital’s neonatal unit in 2015 and 2016.

Detective Superintendent Simon Blackwell, who is strategic lead for Operation Hummingbird, said: “Following the lengthy trial, subsequent conviction of Lucy Letby and an assessment by senior investigative officers, I can confirm that Cheshire Constabulary is carrying out an investigation into corporate manslaughter at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

“The investigation will focus on the indictment period of the charges for Lucy Letby, from June 2015 to June 2016, and consider areas including senior leadership and decision making to determine whether any criminality has taken place.

“At this stage we are not investigating any individuals in relation to gross negligence manslaughter.”

He added: “The investigation is in the very early stages and we are unable to go into any further details or answer specific questions at this time.

“We recognise that this investigation will have a significant impact on a number of different stakeholders including the families in this case and we are continuing to work alongside and support them during this process.

“You will be notified of any further updates in due course.”

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