A NURSE has been charged in relation to the deaths of 10 babies at a UK hospital.
Police have arrested 30-year-old Lucy Letby in relation to a number of deaths and near-deaths of babies in the Countess of Chester Hospital, Cheshire, England.
The healthcare assistant is facing 8 charges of murder and 10 charges of attempted murder from a period between June 2015 and June 2016.
She had previously been arrested and released, but Cheshire police yesterday confirmed Letby had been re-arrested on Tuesday, 10 November.
The 30-year-old is being held in custody and is due to appear at Warrington Magistrates Court later today, Thursday 12 November.
A statement from police described the charges against Lucy Letby as being connecte with "a number of baby deaths and non-fatal collapses at the neonatal unit" at The Countess of Chester Hospital.
A police spokesperson said:
"The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Cheshire Police to charge a healthcare professional with murder in connection with an ongoing investigation into a number of baby deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
"Lucy Letby, of Arran Avenue, Hereford, is facing 8 charges of murder and 10 charges of attempted murder. The charges relate to the period of June 2015 to June 2016.
"The 30-year-old was re-arrested on Tuesday 10 November and has since subsequently been charged."
Police are also seeking to remind people that "criminal proceedings against Lucy Letby are live and that she has a right to a fair trial.
"It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice ongoing proceedings."