NURSE Lucy Letby has explained why she wrote "I am evil, I killed them on purpose" on a post-it note after the death of babies on her neonatal unit.
Letby, 33, is accused of the murders of five boys and two girls on the neonatal ward at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Cops found post it notes and diary entries from the time of the baby's deaths in Letby's Chester home after her arrest.
Asked why one note read "I am evil, I did this," she said: "I felt at the time that if I'd done something wrong I must be such an evil, awful person.
"I'd somehow been incompetent and had done something wrong which had affected those babies.
"I felt I must be responsible in some way. I think looking back on it now, I was really struggling, and this was a way of me expressing what I wasn't able to say to anyone else."
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Letby entered the witness box on Tuesday to give evidence in her defence seven months on from the start of her trial at Manchester Crown Court.
She is accused of the murders of five boys and two girls, and attempted murder of another five boys and five girls, between June 2015 and June 2016.
The prosecution says Letby was a "constant malevolent presence" in their care at the neonatal unit.
It is said she used various means to target the infants, including injections of air into their systems and insulin poisoning.
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Letby, from Hereford, denies all the offences against her.
The trial continues.
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