FLIRTY messages between Lucy Letby and a doctor reveal an obsession that may be behind her killing spree.
During her trial, prosecutors said the 33-year-old nurse was trying to win the sympathy of an elderly, married father – and she enjoyed being with him in a crisis situation.
He was sometimes used to treat babies that Letby had attacked.
The doctor was granted life-long anonymity before the trial after telling a judge he was suffering from anxiety.
It has been suggested that the couple may have been having an affair, but he denied this and said he had been the object of unrequited affection from Letby, who had also targeted his wife on social media.
The jury was shown messages between the two while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
After attacking a baby, Letby texted him about the baby’s troubles, writing, “I thought I wasn’t good enough.”
He replied, “You are one of the few nurses I would trust with my own children.”
In other messages, the couple exchanged love heart emojis and Letby called the doctor a “cute” for bringing her chocolates.
They took a day trip to London together and had coffee at a Starbucks in Cheshire Oaks designer outlet.
Letby also messaged a friend about him, to which the co-worker replied, “I think he likes you too,” later adding, “I thought he was just as flirty as you.”
In one conversation – following the deaths of two triplets – it emerged that he had alerted them to a review meeting, saying: “This email must be kept between us.”
A note with his name on it, found at Letby’s home after her arrest, read: “My best friend. Love. I loved you and I think you knew it. I wanted you to stand by me, but you didn’t.”
When the doctor testified, Letby burst into tears.
She also denied having an affair, saying the doctor, who now works at another hospital, was a “trustworthy friend”.
She said their friendship “gone awry” in early 2018, six months before her arrest.