Killer Nanny Yoselyn Ortega Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

Mary Altaffer  AP FILE

Mary Altaffer AP FILE

Yoselyn Ortega had worked for Marina and Kevin Krim for two years when she killed two of their children, 6-year-old Lulu and 2-year-old Leo, on October 25, 2012.

Marina Krim said that after she testified at Ortega's trial, "I wasn't planning on coming back into this courtroom after that", but, she added, "I'm here once again to finish this frightful chapter in my and my family's life". Prosecutors also said Ms. Ortega resented Ms. Krim for being able to provide her children with what she could not give her own son, whom she had left at the age of 4 to be raised by her sister in the Dominican Republic.

The case shocked working parents and went on to inspire a best-selling French novel that explored the relationship between a working mother and the woman she hires to look after her young children. Their father was out of town.

The grandma's defence team maintained that she experienced from "chronic mental illness" and has been mentally not capable of being held responsible for her actions.

Ortega is a naturalized U.S. citizen and a native of the Dominican Republic.

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Ortega then took the knife to her own throat in an apparent suicide attempt.

"Make sure the defendant never has hope of being free", Mr. Silberg said.

"The defendant knows nothing of responsibility or remorse, " he added.

"We miss hearing them call out my name and run to hug me when I got home from work", Kevin Krim said while crying. "We believe that the 10 Principles of Creativity can help children across this city and this country build the social-emotional skills and resilience to thrive no matter what the world throws at them". She cried and asked for forgiveness from the family of Kim.

At her trial, jurors had listened for weeks to grim testimony about the violent killings of the children.

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Jurors and members of the audience also wept up when Kevin and Marina - the first and last witnesses on the prosecution's direct case - took the witness stand. She returned to the lobby and asked the doorman if he had seen her children leave.

Judge Carro was not moved.

At Ortega's trial, Kevin Krim, who had been on a business trip and received news of the children's deaths when his plane landed, spoke of walking down a long hallway at the hospital where he saw their bodies.

Her lawyer had unsuccessfully argued that her client claimed to have been "touched by the devil" when she ruthlessly killed the kids and should therefore be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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

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