The Countess of Chester Hospital, where nurse Lucy Letby was found guilty of murdering babies, is being investigated by police for corporate manslaughter.
The investigation is in the very early stages and will focus on the indictment period of the charges for Lucy Letby, from June 2015 to June 2016, and consider areas including senior leadership and decision-making to determine whether any criminality has taken place.
At this stage, no individuals are being investigated in relation to gross negligence manslaughter.
Corporate manslaughter cases tend to be complex and can take years to reach a finding. The investigation will have a significant impact on a number of people, including the families of the babies who died and the hospital staff.
Lucy Letby, 33, was sentenced in August to a rare whole-life jailterm for the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of six others at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit, making her one of Britain’s most prolific serial killers of children.
The investigation into corporate manslaughter will consider areas such as senior leadership and decision-making during the indictment period of the charges for Lucy Letby.
The investigation is in the very early stages and no further details or specific questions can be answered at this time. The often long and complex nature of corporate manslaughter investigations means that prosecutions can take years, if they happen at all.
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