Nanny Pleads Not Guilty in Slaying of Children
Yoselyn Ortega doesn't speak herself
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2012 11:49 AM CST
Miladys Ortega shows a photograph of her sister, Yoselyn Ortega, front center, taken some time between 1985 and 1990.   (AP Photo/Manuel Morel)

(Newser) – The nanny accused of stabbing to death two young children in her care pleaded not guilty today from her hospital room, reports the New York Post. Yoselyn Ortega didn't speak at the quick proceeding, during which she lay handcuffed to her bed. She has been hospitalized since the Oct. 25 killings—police say she tried to kill herself, too. The judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation and set the next hearing for Jan. 16.

"My client is profoundly mentally impaired and in need of medical attention," her attorney said in entering the plea. Ortega, 50, appeared "alert but frail," reports NBC. She reportedly had a fierce argument with the children's mother before the attacks, and friends and family say Ortega had been deteriorating mentally in recent months.

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HANKHILL
Nov 29, 2012 9:55 AM CST
the cat did it and blamed it on her!
guvner
Nov 28, 2012 2:17 PM CST
She'll be found incompetent to stand trial, spend a few years in a psychiatric institution but within a few years will be released and she'll lead a long happy life back in DR. I also suspect she'll file some type of suit AGAINST the family she worked for claiming mental abuse, etc - and she'll win.
wd56
Nov 28, 2012 1:51 PM CST
Even if she is insane, how does that diminish the crime she committed. Are you telling me there is a cure to fix her and she can be released back into society once she is cured?