She may have damned herself.
The nanny on trial for slaughtering two kids in her care undermined her own insanity defense in 2016 when she repeatedly admitted to a prosecution expert that commands from the devil had nothing to do with it.
On Monday, the jury in Yoselyn Ortega’s trial saw video of her unequivocal denials to hearing voice instructions from Satan — which her defense team now argues were behind the murderous knife attack in which she killed Lulu and Leo Krim, 6 and 2, on Oct. 25, 2012.
“Do you remember [the devil] at all talking to you? ... Taking control of your body? … Had you ever thought the devil was doing this to you?” asked psychologist Ali Khadvi.
“No,” Ortega, who sounded coherent, responded firmly.
At times she even looked confused at Khadvi’s questions — as if she was surprised as to why the head doctor was asking her about the alleged evil influences.
Footage of the incriminating interview — conducted July 27, 2016 — was shown to riveted jurors at Ortega's first-degree murder trial during Khadivi’s testimony in Manhattan Supreme Court.
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Khadivi, who was the first of the DA’s witnesses in the rebuttal case, said the 55-year-old suspect was just “experiencing the symptoms of anxiety and depression” when she fatally attacked the helpless victims and plunged a knife into her own neck inside the Krim family’s W. 75th St apartment.
“I believe she was not experiencing symptoms of psychosis nor was she experiencing any dissociative episode,” said Khadivi, rebutting the testimony of two defense experts.
The most powerful evidence against the deranged former child caretaker may be the video of her own words.
The video shows Ortega, dressed in tan jail scrubs, unemotional and lucid as she answered Khadivi’s questions through a Spanish interpreter.
“Starting September until the time of the incident did you ever heard voices telling you to kill yourself or kill [THE KRIM] children?
“No, I don’t remember,” she said.
She claimed not to remember anything about the horrific things prosecutors say she did that day. The older child was stabbed and slashed about 30 times and the smaller one suffered five knife wounds, including the fatal one across the throat that nearly reached his spinal column.
“So, what do you think happened?” Khadivi said.
“This is what I ask myself,” Ortega responded.
Khadivi — who interviewed Ortega for 9 1/2 hours — testified that there was a strong likelihood she faked psychotic symptoms after her arrest.
Defense doctors said they relied heavily on Ortega’s own reports of having seen and heard commands from the devil and other voices to conclude that she was too mentally ill to be held accountable for the children’s murders.
If convicted, Ortega faces life in prison. If the jury adopts her defense, she’ll likely spend the rest of her life in a psychiatric facility.