Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Nanny gets life in prison without parole for killing 2 children

Nanny gets life in prison without parole for killing 2 children

Yoselyn Ortega, 56, was found guilty in April of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder for stabbing Lucia Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2, to death in their Upper West Side home in Manhattan in October 2012. Krim says Ortega has shown no remorse and no one in her family has said sorry. Their mother had returned home from swimming lessons with their 3-year-old sister, only to find the two children dead in a bathtub.

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

Marina and Kevin Krim both gave emotional and angry comments during their victim impact statements on Monday.

Marina Krim told a judge that nanny Yoselyn Ortega (YOH'-sih-lihn ohr-TAY'-guh) instead destroyed her own family.

"The defendant may think she destroyed Lulu and Leo, but she is a failure in this, too".

The children's mother found them in a bathroom.

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The consequences, the Krims said, were horrifying.

"I ask for a great deal of forgiveness".

Ahead of hearing her fate, a tearful Ortega, 55, apologized in court to Lucia and Leo's family.

Ortega was facing life in prison without parole.

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

"The defendant is an evil and utterly unsafe narcissist", he said.

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The Krims are pushing for "Lulu & Leo's Law" which would make lying about childcare experience a crime.

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

Prosecutors said Ortega knew what she was doing and understood "every stab, every slash" as she slaughtered the children.

Krim had made plans to meet Ortega, who her children affectionately called Josie, at a dance class for Lucia at 5:30 p.m.

Ortega had pleaded insanity but the jury rejected her defence. But when they arrived, Lulu wasn't there.

Ortega was also struggling to pay tuition fees for her 17-year-old son, whom she had brought to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic and enrolled in a private school.

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Krim opened the door to the bathroom to discover the children's bodies stacked in the tub. Each had been stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife, police said. "But we will try to answer her questions with sensitivity the best we can".

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