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Lucy Letby: Nurse ‘went salsa dancing’ the evening after she allegedly tried to homicide child boy

Lucy Letby went salsa dancing the evening after she allegedly tried to homicide a child boy, a courtroom has heard.

She is claimed to have deliberately added insulin to the toddler’s intravenous feed bag, lower than 24 hours after she allegedly murdered his twin brother on the neo-natal unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Jurors at Manchester Crown Court had been advised Youngster F’s coronary heart price surged and his blood sugars dropped dangerously low after the feed began shortly after midnight on August 4 2015.

His mother and father had been “eager” to have him moved from the hospital earlier within the day after the demise of their son, Youngster E, on the earlier evening shift however had been advised no transport was obtainable.

Following the tip of the evening shift, wherein Letby is claimed to have poisoned Youngster F, the defendant messaged a colleague, who can’t be named for authorized causes, in regards to the toddler’s low blood sugars.

She wrote: “One thing just isn’t proper … he is a fear.”

Letby, 32, messaged one other colleague, Minna Lappalainen, in a while the early night of August 5.

She requested: “Are you going to salsa tonite?”

Her colleague replied: “Ought to do actually as I’ve not been for ages. Meet at TF 2020?”

Letby responded with an OK emoji.

She added: “Must try to discover some publish nites power.”

Ms Lappalainen answered: “Do not have to remain late.”

Letby responded: “Hasta luego.”

The nursing colleague, who can’t be recognized, later messaged Letby from the hospital to say Youngster F was “a bit extra secure” and medics had been “attempting varied exams to attempt to discover solutions”.

Letby replied: “Oh pricey. Thanks for letting me know.”

Her colleague mentioned: “He is defo higher tho. Appears to be like nicely, dealing with high quality.”

Letby later requested: “Surprise if he has an endocrine downside then. Hope they’ll get to backside of it.

“On approach residence from salsa with Minna.

“Really feel higher now I have been out.”

The courtroom heard the defendant had a house-viewing appointment the next day.

Youngster F went on to recuperate within the days that adopted the alleged sabotage on the evening shift.

His elder brother, Youngster E, born a minute earlier, is alleged to have been killed with a deadly injection of air into his bloodstream.

Jurors have heard Letby can be mentioned to have attacked one other set of twins, her first two alleged victims, in June 2015.

She is claimed to have murdered Youngster A by administering air into his bloodstream after which tried to homicide his sister, Youngster B, on the next evening shift, through the use of the identical methodology.

Letby, initially from Hereford, denies the murders of seven infants and the tried murders of 10 others between June 2015 and June 2016.

The trial continues on Wednesday.

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