Early last week, as the jury returned the first guilty-murder verdicts, Mrs Letby collapsed in court, screaming: “You can’t be serious. This can’t be right.”
She was still crying when she walked out of the courtroom and neither parent was in court last Friday when the final guilty verdicts were handed down.
In December 2011, Letby, who had suffered from an overactive thyroid gland since she was 11 years old, earned her bachelor’s degree in children’s nursing.
His mother and father, described by neighbors as a modest, professional couple, posted an ad in the Hereford Times saying: “We are so proud of you after all your hard work. Love mom and dad.”
The bond between Mr and Mrs Letby and their daughter, whom they had helped move into their new home in Chester, became clear during the trial when a WhatsApp exchange with Dr Alison Ventress was read to the jury, a work colleague.
Dr. Ventress was considering moving to New Zealand and encouraged Letby to come with her, but she replied: “I’m not brave enough to just get up and give it all up. I couldn’t leave my parents, they would be completely devastated. It’s pretty hard for me to be away from me right now and it’s only 100 miles.”