was a nurse suffering from the mental health illness known
as Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy (a desire to kill or
injure to get attention).
1991, Liam Taylor was just 7 weeks old when he was
admitted to the ward for a chest infection and was murdered
1991, 11 year old Timothy Hardwick, had cerebral palsy
he was admitted to the ward after having an epileptic
seizure. He was murdered.
1991, Kayley Desmond aged only 1 years old, was
admitted to the ward for a chest infection. Allitt attempted
to murder her, but the child was resuscitated and
transferred to another hospital, where she recovered.
1991, Paul Crampton, was 5 months old when he was
admitted to the ward for a chest infection Allitt attempted
to murder him with an insulin overdose on three separate
occasions that day, before he was transferred to another
hospital, where he recovered.
1991, Bradley Gibson, 5 years old was admitted to the
ward for pneumonia. He suffered two cardiac arrests, due to
Allitt administering insulin overdoses, before he was
transferred to another hospital, where he recovered.
1991, Yik Hung Chan, was just 2 years old when he was
admitted to the ward following a fall. . He suffered an
oxygen desideration attack before he was transferred to
another hospital, where he made full recovery.
1991, Becky Phillips, was 2 months old when she was
admitted to the ward for gastroenteritis. She was
administered an insulin overdose by Allitt and died at home
two days later.
aged 2 months, Becky's twin sister, was admitted to the ward
as a precaution following the death of her sister.
She had to be
resuscitated twice after unexplained apnoeic episodes (which
were later found to be due to insulin and potassium
second time that she stopped breathing, she was transferred
to another hospital but, by this time, had suffered
permanent brain damage, partial paralysis and partial
blindness due to oxygen deprivation.
Her parents had
been so grateful for Allitt's care of Becky that they had
asked her to be Katie's godmother.
1991, Claire Peck, just 15 months old, was admitted to
the ward following an asthma attack. After being put on a
ventilator, she was left alone in Allitt's care, she had a
cardiac arrest. She was resuscitated but died after a second
cardiac arrest, again following a period when she was left
alone with Allitt.
After the death
of Claire Peck, staff on the ward were suspicious, police
were called in, and it was found that Nurse Allitt was on
duty the day of all the deaths.
Over a 59 day
periods, Allitt had attacked 13 children and killed 3 of
1991, she was charged with murdering 4 children, she was
also charged with attempted murder and grievous bodily harm.
May 1993, She
was given 13 life sentences at Nottingham crown court after
being convicted of murdering four children and attacking
nine others. Her arrest followed an investigation into
several incidents of alleged tampering with patients'
ventilators and pumps delivering intravenous medication at
various hospitals in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
The 'killer Nurse' is now detained in Rampton Maximum Security
Hospital for the criminally insane. It is unlikely that she
will ever get out, but if she does relatives of the dead
children have promised to kill her. Public reaction to the
case was particularly hostile, as, being a nurse, she was
obviously in a position of trust and in charge of caring for
children. Although no further investigations are ongoing, it
is not known if Allitt had killed more of her patients in
Katie Phillips, was awarded £2.25 million, by Lincolnshire
Health Authority, to pay for treatment and equipment for the
rest of her life. Lincolnshire Health Authority did not
accept liability, but did acknowledge that Katie was
entitled to compensation.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2007
Beverly Allitt, has had her minimum prison tariff fixed at
The High Court ruled that Allitt, dubbed the "Angel of
Death", would serve 30 years, as recommended by her trial
judge and the Lord Chief Justice
The judge fixed her minimum term at 28 years and 175 days -
which represents 30 years, less the one year and 190 days
spent in custody before sentence.
Although the trial judge had originally recommended a
30-year minimum, which the then Lord Chief Justice had
agreed with, none of the Home Secretaries have since
determined the minimum to be served and, under new rules,
that task is now carried out by a High Court judge.