A woman arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and the attempted murder of six babies following an investigation at the Countess of Chester Hospital has been bailed pending further enquiries.
The woman, who has not been named, was arrested on Tuesday morning as part of what police have called Operation Hummingbird.
Her arrest followed a police investigation centred on the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital which has been ongoing since May 2017.
A Cheshire police spokesperson said: "We can confirm that the woman arrested on Tuesday 3 July has now been bailed pending further enquiries."
The spokesperson added: "We continue to recognise that this investigation has a huge impact on all of the families, staff, and patients at the hospital as well as members of the public. Parents of all the babies continue to be kept fully updated and are being supported throughout the process by specially trained officers.
"This is an extremely difficult time for all the families and it is important to remember that, at the heart of this, there are a number of bereaved families seeking answers as to what happened to their children. We would like to remind the media to respect the privacy of the families involved.
"This investigation is very much ongoing and there are no set timescales at this stage but as soon as we are able to provide any further updates we will do."
Police teams continue to conduct searches at a house in Blacon, which has been ongoing since Tuesday.
If anyone has any information that they want to pass onto the investigation team they are encouraged to get in touch via the Operation Hummingbird mailbox at email@example.com
Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by calling 101.