TWISTED baby-killer Beverley Allitt is currently serving a 30 year sentence for her callous crimes against infants in her care.
Here’s what you need to know about the Grantham Hospital serial killer and how she was caught.
Who is Beverley Allitt?
Allitt, 50, nicknamed the Angel of Death, is a convicted baby killer.
She administered large doses of insulin to at least two victims and a large air bubble was found in the body of another but police were unable to establish how all the attacks were carried out.
Doctors believe she suffered from Münchausen syndrome or Münchausen syndrome by proxy — causing her to inflict injury on others to attract attention or sympathy.
She is detained at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire and was reportedly battling suspected sepsis earlier this year.
Who were her victims?
Liam Taylor was seven weeks old when he was admitted to the ward for a chest infection and was murdered on February 21, 1991.
Timothy Hardwick, 11, had cerebral palsy was admitted to the ward after suffering an epileptic seizure. He was murdered on March 5, 1991.
Becky Phillips, two months old, was admitted to the ward for gastroenteritis on April 1, 1991. She was given an insulin overdose by Allitt and died at home two days later. Her death was originally believed to have been cot death.
Claire Peck, 15 months, was admitted to the ward after suffering an asthma attack on April 22, 1991. After being put on a ventilator, she was left in Allitt’s care and then went into cardiac arrest. she was resuscitated but died after a second episode of the cardiac arrest – during a second interval when she was left alone with Allitt.
Five other children, aged between two months and five years old, survived twisted Allitt’s attacks – including one tot who was left with severe learning difficulties after the attack.
Kayley, now 26, almost died when Allitt injected her with air at the Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, Lincs in 1991.
She was resuscitated after being injected with an air bubble that caused her lungs to collapse and triggered two cardiac arrests.
Her mum Sharon said: “You take a child to hospital and you think they are in the best place. This cannot be put in jeopardy. The families of Allitt’s victims can never get over what she did.
“Kayley is on anti-depressants to treat anxiety as she fears Allitt will come back to get her.”
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How was the Grantham Hospital serial killer caught?
It was only following the death of Claire Peck that medical staff became suspicious of the number of cardiac arrests on the children’s ward and police were called in.
Allitt was the only nurse on duty during every attack, but pleaded not guilty at trial.
She was convicted of four counts of murder, three attempted murders and six counts of GBH.
She was given 13 life sentences, with a minimum of 30 years. But Allitt was sent to Rampton after medics ruled she was a risk to herself.
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