Lucy Letby ‘insisted baby stayed in her care only hours before he collapsed and died’

SUSPECTED baby-killer Lucy Letby insisted an infant stayed in her care hours before he died, her trial heard yesterday.

The claim came from fellow nurse Melanie Taylor, who said she had a “gut instinct” the child might be deteriorating.

Lucy Letby insisted that a baby remain in her care just hours before the infant collapsed and died

She felt he should be moved into intensive care nursery 1 at Countess of Chester hospital, Cheshire.

But Letby told her: “No, I don’t think he should be moved.”

Ms Taylor, who was the shift leader when it happened on June 23, 2016, said she agreed because Letby had been “looking after him all day”.

It happened on June 23 2016, Manchester crown court heard.

The baby’s brother also died 24 hours later.

Letby was among those caring for him too.

Letby, 33, originally from Hereford, denies murdering seven babies and attempting to kill a further ten.

The trial continues at Manchester crown court.