A British nurse pleaded not guilty on Monday to the murder of eight children and the attempted murder of 10 more while working in a hospital unit for newborns.
Lucy Letby, 31, responded “not guilty” to each of the charges presented by video link at Manchester Crown Court in north west England.
The murder charges relating to five boys and three girls and attempted murder of five boys and five girls took four minutes to read in court.
The defendant, from Hereford in western England, is alleged to have committed the murders over a 12-month period between June 2015 and June 2016.
All the alleged murders and attempted murders relate to children under one year of age who were being cared for in the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital in north west England.
The restrictions prohibit the reporting of the identities of living and deceased children as well as their parents.
Letby wore a dark blue top with her hair in a pony tail as she appeared virtually from a prison in Peterborough in eastern England where she is being remanded.
After recording her arguments, she remained silent during the 30-minute administrative hearing.
The presiding judge, James Goss, remanded Letby to custody and set the trial date for October 4, 2022, which will also take place in Manchester.
A pre-trial hearing will be held in January.
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