A childhood friend of Lucy Letby said she would “never believe she is guilty” unless the former nurse confessed to murder.
Identified only as Dawn, she and other friends of the 33-year-old neonatal nurse stand by her despite Letby being found guilty on Friday of murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six more at the Countess of Chester Hospital in Cheshire.
Police are further investigating the treatment of 4,000 children in their care.
In an interview with BBC Panorama, Dawn, who was at Aylestone Secondary School in Hereford, said: “Unless Lucy turned around and said I’m guilty, I’ll never believe she’s guilty.
“We know that she could not have done anything that she is accused of, so we certainly support her.
“I grew up with Lucy and not a single thing I have seen or witnessed about Lucy would allow me to believe for a moment that she is capable of the things she is accused of.
“That’s the most out of place accusation you could make against Lucy. She thinks of your kindest, gentlest, most tender friend and thinks that he is accused of harming babies.