A WOMAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to eight babies and attempted murder of six others at a hospital in northwest England.
The nurse was taken into custody on Tuesday local time, following an ongoing police investigation into the deaths of 17 babies and 15 non-fatal collapses that occurred in the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital between March 2015 and July 2016.
“As a result of our ongoing enquiries we have today arrested a healthcare professional in connection with the investigation,” Cheshire police said in a statement.
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“We recognise that this investigation has a huge impact on all of the families, staff and patients at the hospital as well as members of the public.
“Parents of all the babies are continuing to be kept fully updated and are being supported throughout the process by specially trained officers.
“This is an extremely difficult time for all the families and it is important to remember that, at the heart of this, there are a number of bereaved families seeking answers as to what happened to their children.”
The Countess of Chester Hospital raised the alarm with police last year.
“Asking the police to look into this was not something we did lightly, but we need to do everything we can to understand what has happened here and get the answers we and the families so desperately want,” Countess of Chester Hospital Medical Director Ian Harvey said.
“We are continuing to support Cheshire Police with their ongoing investigation.”
The woman, reported to be 28-years-old, remains in custody.