(NEW YORK POST) – British authorities on Thursday dug up the back yard of a nurse suspected of killing eight newborns and trying to murder another six, according to local reports.
Cheshire police scoured the home of neonatal nurse Lucy Letby, who was still being questioned as part of a probe into a string of baby deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital between March 2015 and July 2016.
Officers were spotted digging up Letby’s yard and conducting forensic searches of her drains, ledges, front yard and the garage of her semi-detached home where she’s lived for two years, the Daily Mail reported. A blue tent was pitched in the driveway and officers guarded the entrance to the house.
The search started Tuesday, the same day the 28-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, officials told the Chester Standard.
Detectives have been looking into the deaths of 17 babies and 15 nonfatal collapses at the hospital.
A nonfatal collapse is when an infant’s health severely declines but the child survives.
Police have also widened their investigation to the Liverpool Women’s hospital where Letby trained after graduating in 2011.
“There is currently no suggestion that any patients at Liverpool Women’s came to any harm in relation to this investigation,” the Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust said in a statement Wednesday.
Neighbors and friends couldn’t believe the “kindhearted” and “geeky” Letby, who they said often talked about her gig as a “dream job,” had allegedly gone on a baby-killing spree.
Letby was also active in a $4 million fundraising campaign to build a state-of-the-art neonatal unit at the hospital.