‘It’s something out of a horror story’

MANCHESTER. The mother of a baby boy killed by nurse Lucy Letby says she is “horrified that someone so evil exists” and it was like “something out of a horror story”.

The 33-year-old was found guilty of murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six others at the Countess of Chester Hospital between 2015 and 2016.

Her conviction makes her the UK’s most prolific child serial killer in modern British history.

Letby refused to appear in the dock as she was given a whole life sentence.

She will spend the rest of her life behind bars, becoming only the fourth woman in UK history to receive such a sentence.

The public gallery was full of parents of the babies – some cried quietly as the victim impact statements were read.

Some of the jury members, who sat through nine months of evidence, also appeared upset as they heard the statements.

The mother of Baby C, who became emotional as she read her statement, told the court that knowing her son’s murderer was watching over them was like “something out of a horror story”.

“I will always remember the overwhelming wave of emotion I felt when I first held [Baby C],” she said.

“It was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. My tiny feisty boy. My first born. My son.

“The trauma of that night will live with us forever.”

The parents of Baby A and B said “what should have been the happiest time of our lives became our worst nightmare”.

They said perhaps Letby imagined she would be remembered for her crimes but they told the court: “My family will never think of you again – from this day, you are nothing.”

“You thought you could enter our lives and turn it upside down but you will never win,” they said.

“We hope you live a very long life and spend every day suffering for what you’ve done”

‘Evil disguised’

The mother of Baby D, who was holding a toy rabbit as she read her statement, said Letby’s “wicked sense of entitlement and abuse of her role as a trusted nurse” was a “scandal”.

“You failed God and the plans he had for [Baby D]. You even called it fate,” she said.

“You were clearly disconnected with God.”

The mother of Baby E and F described Letby as a “coward” for failing to attend the sentencing hearing, adding: “Our world was shattered when we encountered evil disguised as a caring nurse.”

“Even in these final days of the trial she has tried to control things,” she said.” – BBC.

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