A NURSE in England has been re-arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies, the attempted murder of another six and the attempted murder of another three.

Lucy Letby, who worked at The Countess of Chester Hospital, was quizzed over the deaths last year but bailed – with Cheshire Police confirming she had been arrested again, The Sun reports.

The nurse had previously been quizzed by detectives for two days as officers searched her Chester home.

Detective Inspector Paul Hughes, who is in charge of the investigation, said: “In July 2018 a healthcare professional was arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of six babies at the neonatal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital.

“She was subsequently bailed pending further inquiries.

“As part of our ongoing investigation we have re-arrested the healthcare professional on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies and the attempted murder of six babies.

“She has also been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of three additional babies.

“The woman is currently in custody helping officers with their inquiries.”

Her arrest came after concerns were raised about a “higher than usual number of neonatal deaths” in June 2015.

Cheshire Constabulary launched its investigation two years ago, with detectives working on the “highly complex and very sensitive case” since.

At the time of her arrest, one friend of the Letby’s described Lucy as a “professional nurse” who was dedicated to her “dream job” and “wouldn’t hurt a fly”.

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