• Clinician rearrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of eight babies at Countess of Chester Hospital FT
  • Police originally arrested the woman in July last year, but she was released on bail

Police have rearrested a woman on suspicion of murder of eight babies and attempted murder of nine other infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust.

The woman, who worked as a healthcare professional at the trust, was originally arrested in July 2018. That arrest was on suspicion of murder of eight babies and attempted murder of six babies. She was bailed pending further enquiries.

Today, she has been rearrested. Her most recent arrest concerns the original allegations plus the attempted murder of three more babies.

Police launched the investigation, which concerns 17 baby deaths at the hospital and 15 non-fatal collapses between March 2015 and July 2016, two years ago.

In a statement today, the police said: “The woman is currently in custody helping officers with their enquiries.

“Cheshire Constabulary launched its investigation two years ago. Since then, a dedicated team of detectives have been working on this highly complex and very sensitive case.

“Due to the nature of this investigation it is extremely challenging but it is important to remember that it is very much active and ongoing – there are no set timescales and we remain committed to carrying out a thorough investigation as soon as possible.

“At this stage, we are unable to go into any further details about the investigation but as soon as we can provide any further updates we will do.”

Susan Gilby, chief executive for the Countess of Chester Hospital FT, said: “Our thoughts are with the bereaved families, we are cooperating fully with the ongoing police investigation and so are unable to comment further at this time.”