New York nanny convicted in stabbing deaths of two young children

WABCYoselyn Ortega listens to closing statements in her murder trial in New York

A man whose two small children were stabbed to death by their nanny at their NY home says he'd like to thank the judge and jurors at her murder trial, where she was found guilty.

Jurors on Wednesday found Yoselyn Ortega (YOH'-sih-lihn ohr-TAY'-guh) guilty of murder in the October 2012 deaths of 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her brother, 2-year-old Leo Krim.

During six weeks of testimony in a Manhattan court, the defense had several doctors, including two psychiatrists, testify to try to convince the jury that Ortega, 55, should not be held responsible for the killings. He hugged them after the verdict was read, and they wept together.

Defense attorney Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg argued that severe psychosis drove Ortega to stab and murder the children.

Krim spoke of coming home to an eerily quiet apartment, darkened but for the light in the back bathroom, where she found the children and Ortega, who had stabbed herself in a failed suicide attempt. Krim, after finding Lucia's and Leo's bodies in the family's home, ran outside with Nessie, called for help and started screaming. I know her voice. "They are dead. I just saw my kids dead'".

"They still had this ideal skin and these long eyelashes", Krim said. She wiped away a tear as she was led out of the courtroom wearing a pink long-sleeve shirt and handcuffs. "They had like sandy brown hair".


Silberg argued that Ortega planned the murders ahead of time by leaving insurance papers in an envelope for her sister, Delci Ortega, and by asking her the day before the slayings to care for her teenage son and "raise him well", the Times reports.

Kevin Krim had no comment after the verdict but stood with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance at a brief press conference.

Prosecutors say the parents of two children stabbed to death by their nanny at their NY home have "lived through the worst nightmare any parent could endure".

The parents of two small children stabbed to death by their nanny in NY have posted a collage of images of them on their Facebook page shortly after the nanny's murder conviction.

"You two never made it to the top but I'm up here now for the first time, in peace, on top of the world, remembering another lifetime and thinking of you", she wrote. "I said, 'I'm sorry.' I said 'I love you, ' and I kissed them and I said goodbye".

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