Lucy Letby trial: Nurse danced salsa the night after allegedly trying to murder baby, court said |  UK News

Lucy Letby trial: Nurse danced salsa the night after allegedly trying to murder baby, court said | UK News

Lucy Letby danced salsa the night after she allegedly tried to murder a baby boy, a court has heard.

The 32-year-old is accused of murdering seven babies and attempted murder of 10 others when she worked as a nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and June 2016. She denies the charges.

On Tuesday, the jury at Manchester Crown Court heard she added insulin to Child F’s intravenous feeding bag less than 24 hours after she allegedly killed his twin brother in the hospital’s neonatal unit.

The little boy’s heart rate increased and his blood sugar dropped dangerously low after the feeding on August 4, 2015, the court was told.

His parents were “keen” to move him out of hospital earlier in the day following the death of their son, Child E, on the previous night shift, but were told no transport was available.

After the end of the night shift, in which Letby is accused of poisoning Child F, the accused sent a message to a colleague – who cannot be named for legal reasons – who showed concern about the child’s low blood sugar.

She wrote: “Something isn’t right…he’s a worry.”

Letby (32) then sent a message to another colleague, Minna Lappalainen, on the evening of 5 August.

She asked, “Are you going to salsa tonite?”

Her colleague replied: “Should really do as I haven’t been in ages. See you at TF 2020?”

Letby responded with an OK emoji before adding: “Down to try and find some post nites energy.”

Lappalainen replied: “No need to be late.”

To that Letby replied: “Hasta luego.”

The unidentified nursing colleague later texted Letby from the hospital to say Child F was “a bit more stable”, adding that medics were “trying different tests to try to find answers”.

Letby replied, “Oh dear. Thanks for telling me.”

Her colleague said: “He’s def better tho. Looks good, does well.”

Letby later asked: “Wonder if he has an endocrine problem then. Hope they can get to the bottom of it.

“On the way home from salsa with Minna. Feeling better now that I’ve been out.”

Letby had an appointment to view the house the next day, the court was told, and Child F moved on several days after the night shift incident.

His older brother, Child E, born a minute earlier, was reportedly killed with a lethal injection of air into his blood.

Letby is also accused of murdering another set of twins, her first two alleged victims, in June 2015, jurors have heard.

She allegedly killed Child A by aspirating his blood and then attempted to murder his sister, Child B, using the same method on the following night shift.

The trial continues on Wednesday.

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