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Yoselyn Ortega Awakens From Coma; Nanny Accused Of Stabbing Two Children Asks Questions About Family

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Miladys Ortega shows a photograph of her sister, Yoselyn Ortega, front center, taken some time between 1985 and 1990, at her home in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Yoselyn Ortega, a 50-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, is accused of stabbing to death two children in her care at a New York Upper West Side apartment on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Yoselyn Ortega was in critical condition Friday with what police said were self-inflicted knife wounds, and investigators were unab | AP

The nanny accused of fatally stabbing two young children on the Upper West Side has reportedly awoken from a medically induced coma after she tried to take her own life by stabbing herself in the neck.

The New York Post reports Yoselyn Ortega woke up on Sunday and has since undergone surgery after suffering a broken vertebrae from the failed suicide attempt.

A source told the paper Ortega spoke to a doctor and "asked about her family."

Ortega, a 50-year-old naturalized citizen from the Dominican Republic, is currently under police custody, but has still not been formally charged because she was intubated and therefore unable to speak to police.

Officials say however, there is little doubt she killed the two children, Lucia and Leo Krim.

Last Thursday, Marina Krim came back to her home on West 75th Street near Central Park to find her children, 2-year-old Leo his sister, 6-year-old Lucia viciously stabbed in the bathtub.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said upon turning on the lights to the bathroom, Krim also witnessed Ortega stabbing herself.

Sources close to the nanny, including her sister Celia Ortega, say she had been suffering from mental stress and had been seeking help from a psychiatrist.

But on Thursday, Celia said she just "snapped."

The accused nanny had a number of financial problems, having a number of debts to pay and unable to find a place for her and her teenage son to live.

After the two were forced to live in a cramped apartment with Ortega's sister and niece, she could be found roaming around the building selling jewelry and makeup.