Lucy Letby told jurors that “killing children” was not on her mind at a time when she was looking forward to a holiday in Ibiza.
The nurse allegedly tried to kill a baby boy at the Countess of Chester hospital a day before he flew to the Spanish island with a colleague and a friend.
It is believed that he went on to kill a newborn triplet boy on his first shift back after his return, and then killed his brother the next day. Letby, 33, denies killing seven children and attempting to kill 10 others in the neonatal unit between June 2015 and June 2016.
On Tuesday at Manchester crown court, his barrister, Ben Myers KC, questioned him about an exchange of WhatsApp messages with a nurse, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, on 13 June 2016.
Myers said: “You have to work before you leave; how do you feel about going to work?”
Letby answered: “I’m happy to work but I’m also waiting for vacation and vacation.”
Myers said: “In the middle of that were you planning to kill the children?”
Letby said: “No.”
Myers said: “That’s what the prosecution said.”
Letby said: “That didn’t happen.”
Letby denied the first attack on Child N, a boy born with the blood clotting disorder haemophilia, in the early hours of June 3. He said he did not know the oxygen level in his blood had dropped. -os in his transition before he quickly recovered.
Twelve days later, on 15 June, Baby N had a severe seizure at 7.15am, the court heard. Letby said she took care of Child N the previous day and did not recall any concern for him but his condition worsened when he arrived for duty the next morning.
The accused said that he was standing at the door of nursery room three when Child N’s monitor alarm went off. He said: “I went and saw that he was swollen and not breathing well.
“He is a blue color. I immediately started Neopuffing [a breathing support] and called for help. [Child N] Recovered from that episode in a few minutes and the same thing happened again. “
Earlier, Letby said he was in a different nursery when a doctor said he saw him “doing nothing” when a girl collapsed in the unit. The accused allegedly deliberately removed the child’s breathing tube before a consultant entered the nursery.
Giving evidence earlier this year, Dr Ravi Jayaram said he saw Letby standing next to Child K’s incubator as his blood oxygen level dropped.
On Tuesday, Myers asked: “Did you interfere [Child K’s] cane?”
“No,” answered Letby.
Myers asked: “Was there a time when you were in the nursery and Ravi Jayaram came in and he found you standing near the [Child K]?”
Letby said: “No.”
Child K was transferred later that day, 17 February, to Wirral’s Arrowe Park hospital, where he died three days later.
The prosecution did not allege that Letby caused her death. Letby, from Hereford, has denied all the allegations against him. The trial continues.