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The defendant’s caregivers deny having administered insulin to a young boy

Three nurses have denied administering insulin to a boy who was allegedly poisoned by their colleague Lucy Letby, a court has heard.

Both gave testimonies of their involvement in the care of the premature twin at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit on Wednesday.

Nurses Shelley Tomlins, Sophie Ellis and Belinda Williamson were on duty in August 2015 in the days following the child’s birth.

It is the Crown’s case that Letby, 32, attempted to murder the boy, identified as Child F, by intentionally administering insulin just after midnight on August 4, 2015.

A jury at Manchester Crown Court has heard that child F’s heart rate skyrocketed and his blood sugar dropped dangerously low after he was given a new IV feeding full of nutrients and sugar.

His glucose levels remained low during the August 5 day shift, even after the IV line and an attached bag of nutrients had to be replaced after Child F’s leg became swollen.

Child F’s blood sugar rose to safe levels later that evening after nutrients were stopped and additional sugar administered independently, the court was told.

He made a full recovery and was later released.

Ms Tomlins, who worked the August 4 and 5 day shifts, said supply bags of nutrients were kept in a padlocked fridge in the neonatal unit.

The nursing supervisor would keep a keychain for the refrigerator and for locked cabinets of medicines, but they would be passed around the nurses with no access protocol, she said.

At the end of his questioning, Philip Astbury asked her, “Have you (Child F) taken insulin at any time?”

When a witness from Australia testified via video link, the witness replied, “No.”

Mr Astbury repeated the question to Ms Ellis and gave testimony from behind a screen, who worked with Letby on the August 4 night shift.

Ms Ellis replied: “Absolutely not.”

Finally, on the night of August 4, Mr. Astbury asked Ms. Williamson, the shift supervisor: “Did you (Child F) take insulin at any time during the shift?”

“No,” said Ms. Williamson.

Letby is accused of attempting to murder Child F by injecting air into his bloodstream less than 24 hours after she allegedly murdered his twin brother, Child E.

The defendant, originally from Hereford, denies the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of ten others between June 2015 and June 2016.

The trial will continue on Thursday.

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