Nurse on trial for murdering babies said she was having ‘mini meltdown’

A nurse accused of murdering babies said she was having a “mini meltdown” after the deaths of three children, a jury has heard.

Lucy Letby has been charged with murdering seven babies and attempting to murder 10 others at Countess of Chester Hospital in 2015 and 2016.

The trial has heard how Letby, 32, searched for “many” other parents on Facebook as well as searching for the parents of an alleged victim in June 2015.

Intelligence analyst Claire Hocknell, who was employed by Cheshire Police, told Ms Letby’s defence team that there was a “lot of searches for other people in the data”.

The jury was also shown messages the defendant had exchanged with other staff members.

In one message, which was sent just weeks after the alleged murder of Child A, C and D and the attempted murder of Child B, Letby said: “Haha. Nodding off in cinema isn’t a good look, I had a mini meltdown last night about what’s happened at work…

“I just need some time off with mum and dad,” she added.

A message sent from Letby on Whatsapp to a colleague asked about Child B, who she allegedly attempted to kill but survived: “Will you let me know if any change with (Child B).”

The colleague’s response said the shift had been “manic”, and there had been “no change” with Child B.

Letby enquired again about Child B that night, at 10.08pm, and was informed Child B was “looking really good”.

A court order prohibits the reporting of the identities of the surviving children allegedly attacked by Ms Letby, and also prohibits identifying parents and some witnesses connected with the children.

Ms Letby, originally from Hereford, denies all the offences.

The trial continues.