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Newborn severely brain damaged after being left in care of alleged baby killer

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A baby has been left severely and irreversibly disabled after being left in the care of alleged baby killer Lucy Letby, a court has heard.

Letby, 32, is on trial in the United Kingdom, accused of murdering seven infants and attempting to murder 10 others in Manchester.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred at the Countess of Chester Hospital's neonatal unit between June 2015 and June 2016.

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This week, evidence has been given relating to Child G, who Letby allegedly tried to kill on three seperate occasions, reports the BBC.

Manchester Crown Court heard how Child G was born 16 weeks prematurely, weighing less than half a kilogram at the time of birth.

She was transferred to the neonatal unit in Chester at 13 weeks, where Letby was on a shift when the baby suddenly became ill in the early hours of September 7, 2015.

The baby started to vomit violently and was bleeding from the throat.

Prosecutors allege Letby put extra milk and air into the infant's system, causing the vomiting, which led eventually to extreme brain damage.

The alleged attack made Child G the "youngest and smallest" of the 17 babies Letby targeted, prosecutors say.

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In statements read in court written by the baby's parents, who cannot be named for legal reasons, the duo described how they had believed their child was recovering well up until that point. 

"When she was in the incubator at the Countess of Chester she would smile at the sound of my voice," the baby's father said.

"After the vomit, she was different, and she did not respond to my voice anymore."

Letby's trial is expected to last weeks, if not months.

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Police launched an investigation into the deaths of a number of babies at the hospital in May 2017.

Letby was arrested three times in connection with the deaths before she was charged in November 2020.

Letby has pleaded not guilty to the charges.



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