Nurse, 30, charged with eight baby murders at neonatal unit appears in court

Lucy Letby, a neonatal unit nurse, has been charged with murdering eight babies and attempting to kill ten more. (PA/Elizabeth Cook/SWNS)

A nurse has appeared in court charged with the murder of eight babies following an investigation into infant deaths at a Cheshire hospital.

Lucy Letby, who is also charged with 10 counts of attempted murder of babies aged under one between June 2015 and June 2016, was remanded in custody after appearing by video link at Warrington Magistrates' Court.

It follows an investigation into the Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester, which began in 2017.

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Police activity at a house in Chester, believed to be the home of nurse Lucy Letby, after Cheshire Police announced a female healthcare professional had been arrested in a probe into the deaths of 17 infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Police activity at a house in Chester, believed to be the home of nurse Lucy Letby, after Cheshire Police announced a female healthcare professional had been arrested in a probe into the deaths of 17 infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Police activity at a house in Chester, believed to be the home of nurse Lucy Letby, after Cheshire Police announced a female healthcare professional had been arrested in a probe into the deaths of 17 infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Police activity at a house in Chester, believed to be the home of nurse Lucy Letby, after Cheshire Police announced a female healthcare professional had been arrested in a probe into the deaths of 17 infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Police activity at a house in Chester, believed to be the home of nurse Lucy Letby, after Cheshire Police announced a female healthcare professional had been arrested in a probe into the deaths of 17 infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital. (Photo by Pat Hurst/PA Images via Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 04: (Editors Note: Number plate of unrelated vehicle has been pixelated) A police officer stands outside a house in Chester after healthcare professional, Lucy Letby, working at the Countess of Chester Hospital was arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill six others, on July 4, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom. Health care worker at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Lucy Letby, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies. Cheshire Police having been have been investigating the deaths of 17 newborns at the neonatal unit between March 2015 and July 2016. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 03: General view of the the Countess of Chester Hospital on July 3, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom. Health care worker at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Lucy Letby, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies. Cheshire Police having been have been investigating the deaths of 17 newborns at the neonatal unit between March 2015 and July 2016. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Security officers patrol outside the Countess of Chester Hospital on July 3, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom. Health care worker at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Lucy Letby, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies. Cheshire Police having been have been investigating the deaths of 17 newborns at the neonatal unit between March 2015 and July 2016. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Security officers patrol outside the Countess of Chester Hospital on July 3, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom. Health care worker at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Lucy Letby, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies. Cheshire Police having been have been investigating the deaths of 17 newborns at the neonatal unit between March 2015 and July 2016. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 03: A police tent is seen outside a house in Chester after healthcare professional, Lucy Letby, working at the Countess of Chester Hospital was arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill six others, on July 3, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom. Health care worker at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Lucy Letby, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies. Cheshire Police having been have been investigating the deaths of 17 newborns at the neonatal unit between March 2015 and July 2016. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 03: General view of the Countess of Chester Hospital on July 3, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom. Health care worker at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Lucy Letby, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies. Cheshire Police having been have been investigating the deaths of 17 newborns at the neonatal unit between March 2015 and July 2016. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 03: A police officer leaves a house in Chester after healthcare professional, Lucy Letby, working at the Countess of Chester Hospital was arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill six others, on July 3, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom. Health care worker at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Lucy Letby, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies. Cheshire Police having been have been investigating the deaths of 17 newborns at the neonatal unit between March 2015 and July 2016. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
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Cemlyn Bennett, Joseph Johnson, Elsie McNall, Barney Gee, Daisy Parkin, Maddie Freed, Joseph Gelder and Eli Gelder were named in court as the eight alleged victims. They died between June 2015 and June 2016.

In a ten-minute hearing, Letby, of Hereford, spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address.

The alleged victims' families also watched from elsewhere via video link.

Letby was remanded in custody at a hearing at Warrington Magistrates' Court. (PA)

District Judge Nicholas Sanders said: "Today's court hearing is for a number of matters. I won't be taking any plea today, as I'm sure (her counsel) has discussed with you.

"These are matters allocated to the crown court, today is a preliminary hearing to send to the crown court."

Prosecuting, Pascale Jones, said: "It is the crown's application for these matters to be sent to the crown court with a bail application to be determined. This court has no power to grant bail."

An investigation into baby deaths at Countess of Chester Hospital was launched in 2017. (SWNS)

"The crown will also stress there is substantial grounds to believe for her own protection this defendant should be remanded into custody."

District Judge Nicholas Sanders banned reporting of the surviving babies' names.

Letby, 30, who worked at the hospital's neonatal unit, did not enter a plea on Thursday and will appear at Chester Crown Court on Friday afternoon.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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