MANCHESTER, UK – The mother of a newborn baby allegedly murdered by Lucy Letby has told how she heard his “terrible” screams and saw blood around his mouth when she came in to find him alone with the nurse.
The woman, whose name cannot be released for legal reasons, told a jury that she was “terrified” after seeing her five-day-old son because she “knew something was very wrong.”
Letby, 32, on trial in the UK, is accused of murdering seven babies and attempting to murder 10 others during a year-long rampage between 2015 and 2016 in the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit.
The jury was previously told how the mother walked by as Letby was about to kill one of her twin sons – known as Child E – by injecting him with air.
Letby reportedly tried to kill his brother – Child F – by injecting insulin into a feeding bag the next day.
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Through tears, the mother said she went to the neonatal unit to give milk to her twins, who were both lying side by side in the same room on incubators.
She said: “I could hear my son crying and it was like nothing I had heard before.
“I went to his incubator to see that he had blood coming out of his mouth. I panicked because I felt something was wrong. It was a sound that shouldn’t have come from a tiny baby. I can’t explain what the noise was,” she continued. “It was horrific. More of a scream than a scream. I could hear it in the little corridor.”
The mother said she went to comfort her child “but it hadn’t worked” and he continued to cry until she left ten minutes later.
She had asked Letby what was wrong with her son and the nurse had told her the bleeding was caused by a feeding tube rubbing his throat, the court heard.
The mother said she accepted the explanation but was still concerned, although she then returned to the postpartum ward as instructed by Letby.
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“She had the authority and knew better than I did, and I trusted her completely,” she said.
But upon her return, she called her husband because she “knew something was wrong” and was “scared.”
Child E’s condition deteriorated and the mother later returned to the neonatal unit to find medics attempting to revive him.
She said her son’s death left her “broken” and she couldn’t bathe him afterwards, so Letby did it instead.
Letby had put child E in a white dress and the mother said she remembered being “grateful because we didn’t have any clothes for him because he was so small”.
The mother said Letby later gave her a photograph she had taken showing baby F hugging a teddy bear that had belonged to his dead brother.
“She presented me with a picture. She said, ‘I have this picture. He turned and hugged me [his] Bear. I loved it so I took a picture for you.'”
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The mother had previously told the court that she believed her twins were doing well after being born prematurely via caesarean section.
“I thought they were in good shape for their pregnancy,” she said.
She said she was later given the impression by staff that both were “well enough to travel” and could be taken to a hospital closer to her home.
“I was still tender, sore and fragile [from the birth]’ she continued, ‘but I was absolutely over the moon because the guys were perfect.’
She was questioned by Ben Myers, who defended Letby, who said he “disagreed” with the mother’s version of events.
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He said Letby was not alone with baby F when the mother walked in but was accompanied by a doctor.
And he wondered if the liquid around his mouth was blood or actually aspiration – matter that had been drawn out of the baby’s body by suction.
The trial will continue on Tuesday.