Nurse Lucy Letby has appeared in court for a brief 10-minute hearing accused of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of 10 others at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Letby, 30, appeared at Warrington Magistrates’ Court via videolink from Blacon police station in Chester.
She faces eight counts of murder of a victim under one-year old, who were named on the court list as Cemlyn Bennett, Joseph Johnson, Elsie McNall, Barney Gee, Daisy Parkin, Maddie Freed, Joseph Gelder and Eli Gelder.
There are also 10 charges of attempted murder of potential victims under one year old.
Letby was sat behind a desk, next to her solicitor, Richard Thomas, and spoke in a strong, clear voice only to confirm her name, date of birth and her home address in Hereford.
District Judge Nicholas Sanders imposed an order restricting the reporting of the names of the surviving babies subject to the attempted murder charge.
Only two members of the press were allowed into the courtroom, with a dozen more in an annexe courtroom next door, watching via videolink.
Families of the victims were also watching the proceedings via the same link at remote locations.
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District Judge Sanders warned there should be no audio or video recordings of the proceedings.
The court clerk then dialled into Blacon police station, Chester, to see Letby, partly shadowed, sat with her solicitor waiting for proceedings to begin.
The judge, addressing the defendant, said: “Today’s court hearing is for a number of matters. I won’t be taking any plea today, as I’m sure Mr Thomas has discussed with you.
“These are matters allocated to the crown court, today is a preliminary hearing to send to the crown court.”
It took just over two-and-a-half minutes for him to read out all the charges but no pleas were entered.
Letby was remanded into custody to appear at Chester Crown Court at 2.15pm on Friday.