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Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Manhattan nanny gets life in prison for murdering 2 children in

Manhattan nanny gets life in prison for murdering 2 children in

A nanny convicted of brutally murdering two small children in her care has been sentenced in New York City to life in prison without parole.

Yoselyn Ortega was sentenced for the 2012 murders of six-year-old Lucia Krim and her two-year-old brother, Leo Krim.

Marina Krim said that after she testified at Ortega's trial, "I wasn't planning on coming back into this courtroom after that", but, she added, "I'm here once again to finish this disgusting chapter in my and my family's life".

Ortega was hired by the children's' parents, Marina and Kevin Krim, in 2010, when Marina became pregnant with the couple's third child, Leo, according to evidence presented during Ortega's trial. They said she had complained of seeing shadows that followed her, cried frequently and talked about a "black man" who was trying to split up her family.

Ortega wept as she spoke briefly - a rare show of emotion for her in the lengthy trial.

The 55-year-old Ortega is from the Dominican Republic.

Krim took Nessie back upstairs, where they saw Ortega sitting next to the bathtub on the floor stabbing herself, in what authorities believe was an attempt to take her own life.

"We could not find a strongly credible proof that the defendant was not aware and able to recognize what was going on", Curtis said.

Via a Spanish-English interpreter, she stated:Â "I am very sorry for all the pieces that occurred, however I hope that nobody goes by what I've gone by".

"The defendant is an evil and utterly risky narcissist and a complete failure", Kevin Krim said.

"My life is in the hands of God", she said.

Krim opened the door to the bathroom to discover the children's bodies stacked in the tub. "They are two stars now who will always lead us forward".

"I ask for a substantial amount of forgiveness".

The nanny's defence team argued she suffered from "chronic mental illness" and was mentally incapable of being held responsible for her actions.

However Choose Gregory Carro referred to Ortega as "pure evil" and stated she ought to spend the remainder of her life in jail, with out parole.

"Every stab, every slash - each one had a objective and that goal was to end the lives of those children", Silberg argued in summations. The emotional testimony often kept the panel and the audience in tears.

Ortega was introduced to the Krims through a family friend and had been working with them for two years, police said. "She has never shed a tear for the children", he said. But when they arrived, Lulu wasn't there.

The daughter had been stabbed over 30 times and the son had been stabbed five times.

She claimed she did not remember the attack and was possessed by the devil, but a psychologist told jurors she was depressed, but not mentally ill - and had not mentioned hallucinations at the time.

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