A former neonatal nurse in Northern England who killed seven babies in her care and tried to kill six more was sentenced to life in prison this Monday.
Lucy Letby, refused to appear in court to face grieving parents. During her sentencing, the judge pointed to “the cruelty and calculation” of her actions. According to NBC News, the babies were killed at the Countess of Chester Hospital in northwest England between June 2015 and June 2016.
Justice James Goss said that the number of killings and attempts and the nature of the murders by a neonatal nurse entrusted with care for the most fragile babies provided the “exceptional circumstances” required to impose a so-called “whole-life order,” which is exceptionally rare.
“There was a malevolence bordering on sadism in your action,” Goss said. “During the course of this trial you have coldly denied any responsibility for your wrongdoing. You have no remorse. There are no mitigating factors.”
Following 22 days of deliberation, a jury at Manchester Crown Court convicted Letby, 33, of killing the babies over a yearlong period that saw her prey on the vulnerabilities of sick newborns and their anxious parents.
Nurse Lucy Letby will spend the rest of her life behind bars for killing seven newborn babies after a judge ruled Britain's most prolific serial child killer of modern times should never be released https://t.co/xD3vcb7IUT pic.twitter.com/JugVPL3Tne
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Read the full report over at NBC News.