Looking at photos of 29-year-old Lucy Letby, you would think she’s your average, happy young woman. She smiles and laughs in all her social media photos. She goes out with her friends. She likes to have a good time.
Lucy worked hard studying as a nurse and graduated with her degree in 2011 from Chester University. After she graduated, she worked at Liverpool Women’s Hospital to get more training under her belt.
Being a nurse was Lucy’s dream job. Her colleagues said that she was a complete professional and worked hard. She has a squeaky clean record with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and she even was their poster child for a campaign that raised nearly $3.5 million dollars for them.
Facebook; pictured above 28-year-old nurse Lucy smiles for a photo while at a sporting event with friends
Lucy said about the council in a statement, “I enjoy seeing them progress and supporting their families.”
One of Lucy’s friends said that Lucy was kind and wouldn’t even hurt a fly. She seemed like the perfect fit for working as a neonatal nurse.
Facebook; Lucy is pictured above holding an infant in the hospital where she worked
And then, between June of 2015 and June of 2016, seventeen babies died at Countess of Chester Hospital. Located in Chester, England, this was the very hospital Lucy was working at when the deaths occurred.
One of her neighbors told DailyMail, “I knew her when she was a little girl and she was as sweet as anything. I’ve seen her grow up and she seemed a lovely woman.”
“So this is news is deeply and utterly shocking. I can’t fathom it.”
“When you hear of these sort of things, you always get one or two people saying ‘I thought there was something fishy about them.”
“But with Lucy all you will hear is positive things.”
Facebook; in the above photo, Lucy is pictured out with her friends sipping a drink
Lucy’s friends and family say that she was very involved in charitable causes and that she was just a sweet, geeky young woman.
One friend called her just an amazing person.
Lucy was even the face of the $2.6 million dollar appeal for the hospital to build a brand new pediatric unit back in 2013.
Facebook; pictured above is Lucy’s graduation photo that her parents proudly published in a local paper to announce her graduation from nursing school
So, how does someone who seems like such a do-gooder who cares about children end up being accused of murder?
Lucy is not just facing charges for murdering just one child….she’s currently facing charges for murdering eight that were in her care.
Back in 2016, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health released three different reports saying that staffing in the pediatric unit of Countess of Chester Hospital was far from adequate.
Facebook; Lucy smiles big and snaps a selfie with a friend in the photo above
They couldn’t figure out why babies entrusted to the nurses and doctors there died in disgusting numbers from June 2015 to June 2016.
Facebook; Lucy poses in the above photo in front of a piano while holding a drink in her hands
They did, however, come up with 24 different ways they recommended the hospital could improve the care of babies there.
Poor decision making by the staff, lack of senior doctors, and the reluctance of staff to get advice from their colleagues were some of the concerns the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health cited in their reports.
The death rate of babies at this hospital was over 10% the average expected death rate for maternity wards.
Just two babies died at the Countess of Chester Hospital in 2013. In 2014, that number was three babies. In 2015, eight babies died. Then in 2016, five babies died by June, which was only halfway through that year.
Facebook; Lucy smiles while wearing a blue sweater in the above photo, and it’s hard to imagine someone beloved by her friends, family, and coworkers was actually capable of what she did
The increase in deaths of babies in this hospital’s care forced them to stop caring for any baby younger than 32 weeks old and transferred all babies under this age out of their care. They also had three intensive care cots that they closed because of the rapidly increasing death rate.
Premature babies were collapsing with lung and heart failure. They were proving impossible to resuscitate, which was beyond bizarre.
Facebook; pictured above is a closeup photo of Lucy enjoying a night out with her friends
The babies that had died were then showing weird blotches all over their legs and arms after their deaths. Since none of the experts could figure out what on earth was going on, police were called in to investigate the hospital in 2017, in hopes of being able to get to the bottom of everything.
Lucy did an interview with one of her local newspapers around this time, posing for a photo in her ward while she held up a little baby outfit. She later proudly posted the photo on her social media.
She told the paper in her interview, “I qualified as a Children’s Nurse from The University of Chester in 2011 and have been working on the unit since graduating.”
“I also worked on the unit as a student nurse during my three years of training. My role involves caring for a wide range of babies requiring various levels of support.”
“Some are here for a few days, others for many months and I enjoy seeing them progress and supporting their families.”
“I am currently undergoing extra training in order to develop and enhance my knowledge and skills within the Intensive Care area and have recently completed a placement at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.”
Facebook; pictured above Lucy poses in her ward with a little baby outfit as she answers questions about her job