CHESHIRE POLICE INVESTIGATION NEO-NATAL UNIT COCH
Appeal for information regarding the Cheshire Police investigation into baby deaths and non-fatal collapses in the Neo-Natal unit at The Countess of Chester Hospital
Details of Incident
Update regarding the suspect arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital:
On Monday 10 June 2019 a healthcare professional was re-arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the deaths of 8 babies and the attempted murder of 6 babies, they were also arrested in connection with the attempted murder of three additional babies.
Cheshire Constabulary can now confirm that the suspect has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Detective Inspector Paul Hughes, who is in charge of the investigation, said: “I would like to remind people that due to the nature of this investigation it is extremely challenging and remains very much active and ongoing. There are no set timescales for this and we would ask people to bear with us whilst we continue with our enquiries.
We remain committed to carrying out a thorough investigation as soon as possible and I want to reassure people that we are doing everything we can, as quickly as we can, to identify what has led to these baby deaths and collapses.
We fully appreciate that it continues to have a big impact on all of the families involved and staff and patients at the hospital as well as members of the public. Parents of all the babies have been 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 families seeking answers as to what happened to their children.”