(CBS) NEW YORK - A Manhattan judge ruled prosecutors can privately interview defense doctors and examine the psychiatric records of Yoselyn Ortega, a New York City nanny charged with stabbing two small children to death last year, the New York Daily News reports.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro ruled Tuesday that the prosecution may speak to defense witnesses without Ortega's lawyer, Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg, present. Despite the defense lawyer's objections, the judge said privacy protections aren't warranted, according to the paper.
"[Ortega] is in a situation where [she] has put her mental condition at issue," the judge reportedly said.
Police said they found Ortega last October in the bathroom of her employer's Upper West Side apartment with self-inflicted stab wounds. The bodies of 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother, Leo, were in a pool of blood nearby.
On April 5, Judge Carro ruled that Ortega was fit to stand trial after two mental health professionals found that she could assist in her defense in a meaningful way. The defense is in the process of challenging those results.
Ortega has pleaded not guilty to murder. Her sister has said she loved the children and is a peaceful woman.
Ortega is being held without bail at the women's facility on Rikers Island.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for June 24.