The four children murdered by Allitt were seven week old Liam Taylor, 11 year old Timothy Hardwick, two month old Becky Phillips and 15 month old Claire Peck. They all died between February and April 1991 while Allitt was a nurse at the Lincolnshire hospital. Nine other children survived her murder attempts.
She conned the poor families
To the suffering families, Nurse Allitt was an angel of mercy, someone who was always available for their needs. How could a person be so caring, yet be so evil at the same time. Allit attacked a total of thirteen children over a fifty eight day period before being caught.
A high court judge ruled that Allitt, should serve a minimum sentence of 28 years and 175 days, taking into account the one year and 190 days she spent in custody before being sentenced. Allitt was given 13 life sentences in 1993 for murdering the four children, attempting to murder another three, and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to a further six at Grantham and Kesteven hospital in Lincolnshire.
Since 2002, Allitt 39 years old, was being held at the Rampton high security hospital in Nottingham. She will be 54 years old before she will even be considered for parole.
Allitt has never spoken about the motives for her crimes!
Ultimately, the responsibility for what happened rests with Allitt herself. If it were not for her evil actions, four children would be alive today and nine would be free from the injuries that she inflicted on them.
The distress felt by other staff at the hospital is formidable. The murders have been a great shock to all concerned, but staff are determined to put it behind them, and ensure that the hospital continues to flourish and serve the community.