NYC Nanny Found Guilty Of Murdering Two Children Despite Pleading Insanity

Nanny Murders Two Children
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An Upper West Side nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, has been convicted of murder. Oxygen reports that the 55-year-old nanny was found guilty of murdering two children under her care, Lucia Krim (6) and Leo Krim (2), while their parents were out of the house. Though Ortega's lawyer pleaded insanity, the plea was rejected. The details of this wild story are even grislier than you'd expect.

In October 2012, Ortega was in charge of Lucia and Leo Krim while their mother, Marina Krim, took their sister Nessie, 3, to a swimming lesson. Their father, Kevin Krim, was away on a business trip. When Marina returned to her home, she came back to a gruesome, traumatizing scene: Two of her children were bloody and lifeless in the bathtub. Ortega had stabbed Lucia a whopping 30 times, and stabbed Leo 5. She was lying nearby with self-inflicted stab wounds.

A neighbor told Newsday in 2012 that Marina "was bent over the child, screaming, holding on to the only live child that she had. She was traumatized. She was deeply traumatized. And those screams were definitely primal screams because they were not even human; they were very deep, dark screams."

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The nanny "did it intentionally with a full understanding of exactly what it was she was doing — every stab, every slash," Assistant District Attorney Stuart Silberg asserted during the trial. The prosecutors claimed that Ortega killed the two children to get revenge upon her employers.

Ortega's defense team, on the other hand, claimed that while Ortega was guilty of murder, her actions were the result of undiagnosed mental illness. Such illness "does not announce itself like a bad cough or a limp. Sometimes it sneaks up and nestles in before anyone takes notice," said Ortega's lawyer, Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg, according to the Associated Press.

During the trial, Ortega was mostly quiet. She showed no emotion when she was pronounced guilty by the jury. Meanwhile, the children's father was full of gratitude.

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One detail from the trial, however, stands out: When a witness testified that the Krim family had treated Ortega well, the nanny shook her head and said "no."

Ortega could be in prison for the rest of her life. She'll find out her fate next month at the sentencing hearing. 

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KIM WONG-SHING

Kim Wong-Shing is a writer, lipstick junkie, and plant mama in New Orleans. She got her sarcasm from Philadelphia and her Bachelor's from Brown University. Absent any real hobbies, she has developed a great deal of enthusiasm for highly specific things, such as foxes, moss, and the ending of "Karma Police." Connect with her on Instagram.

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