A New York Metropolis nanny who killed two young children in her care is dealing with life in jail. Yoselyn Ortega was convicted of murder for the 2012 stabbing deaths of 6-year-old Lucia Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim.
She recalled the shock of returning to the family's Upper West Side apartment to find her children slain and their nanny standing over them stabbing her own neck with a kitchen knife. Two psychiatrists for the defense said Ms. Ortega had heard voices, including Satan's, commanding her to kill herself and the children.
She cried and said she's "very sorry for everything that happened". When Marina and Nessie returned home, around 5:30 p.m., Marina went to the bathroom, and opened the door.
During the recent trial in the Supreme Court at Manhattan, the mother of this victims Marina Krim told the court the way she had come house along with her third child, three-year-old Nessie, after Ortega failed to turn upward at Lulu's dancing course.
The prosecution said Ortega deliberately planned the murders and was motivated by financial problems and resentment of her wealthy employers.
The judge expressed some understanding for Oretga regarding her mental illness and said it could mitigate some of her responsibility.
"It is so unfair that they are gone, unfair to us, unfair to the world", said Kevin.
She said she was asking forgiveness from God and the children's parents, adding she had not been feeling well on the day of the murders.
"Although many wish me all the worst, my life is in the hands of God".
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Ortega had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
As her husband struggled not to break down, Marina talked about their only surviving daughter, Nessie, who was 3 when her siblings were killed.
On Monday, Judge Gregory Carro sentenced Ortega to the maximum penalty under the law - life in a state prison without the possibility of parole.
"She tried to destroy what Kevin and I set out to build, a happy family", said Marina Krim.
The lawyer argued she was too mentally ill to know what she was doing.
Mrs Krim had not originally meant to return to court after an intense six-hour testimony during the trial, however she returned in ordered to "finish a awful chapter in my family's life". "They are dead. I just saw my kids dead, '" she said.
She clarified she had subsequently witnessed Ortega chased himself at the throat at a clear suicide attempt.
Kevin also testified in heartbreaking detail about learning that two of his children were dead and seeing their bodies at the hospital.