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Trial begins for New York nanny accused of killing two children

A Dominican nanny faces a life sentence as trial begins in New York City today. The woman is charged with allegedly killing 6-year-old Lulu Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim in October 2012. The nanny was babysitting the children in Krim’s Upper West Side apartment when she committed the crime.

Yoselyn Ortega, 55, who had worked for the Krim family for two years, was arrested for stabbing their two children to death and pleaded not guilty. She was held without bail.  

Marina Krim, the mother of the victims, returned home after a swimming class of their 3-year-old daughter Nessie and found her other children dead, fully clothed in a bathtub filled with blood. Police said Ortega tried to cut her throat as soon as she saw Krim entering. Krim began screaming and asking neighbors for help. Ortega told the law enforcement officers that she was paid to do babysitting, and not cleaning or doing housework. She also added that she had financial problems and when Krims offered her to do housework for extra cash, she became even more irritated.

After several years of litigation mainly focused on Ortega’s mental health state, the selection of the jury was assembled for the supreme court trial before Judge Gregory Carro in Manhattan. In the next few months, jurors will hear expert opinions on Ortega’s mental health. Ortega was offered a plea deal by Carro last year to stay behind bars in exchange for pleading guilty to two counts of murder, but she refused it.

According to New York Daily News, Ortega’s lawyers are most likely planning to enter a psychological defense, while the prosecution is expected to prove that Ortega was an experienced nanny and she knew what she was doing.