Nanny Who Killed 2 Kids: 'I Hope No One Goes Through What I Have'

Yoselyn Ortega speaks at sentencing hearing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 14, 2018 6:00 PM CDT
Nanny Who Killed 2 Kids Weeps as She Hears Sentence
Yoselyn Ortega, a nanny convicted of brutally murdering two small children in her care, listens to court proceedings Monday, May 14, 2018, New York.   (Alex Tabak/The Daily News via AP, Pool)

A once-trusted nanny who was convicted of brutally murdering two small children in her care while their parents were out was sentenced on Monday to life in prison without parole, the AP reports. Yoselyn Ortega wept as she spoke briefly—a rare show of emotion in a lengthy trial at which she was convicted of the gruesome October 2012 stabbing deaths of 6-year-old Lucia Krim, known as Lulu, and 2-year-old Leo Krim. "I'm very sorry for everything that happened, but I hope that no one goes through what I have gone through," the 55-year-old Ortega said through tears. "Although many people wish me all the worst, my life is in the hands of God." The children's parents, Marina and Kevin Krim, spoke in court of how Ortega robbed them of their children and how Ortega's family and friends helped with this by lying to them about Ortega's personality and experience as a nanny.

Ortega, who's from the Dominican Republic, had been recommended by her sister, a nanny for another New York family, and her background and references were faked by her family. The consequences, the Krims said, were horrifying. Ortega, for her part, said she wasn't feeling well but wasn't able to go to the doctor. "I ask for a great deal of forgiveness. To God, to Marina, to Kevin. I wish my family had told them that I did not feel well," she said through a Spanish-English interpreter. But Judge Gregory Carro referred to Ortega as "pure evil" and said she should spend the rest of her life in prison. Kevin Krim eviscerated Ortega for not pleading guilty and forcing the case into a courtroom. He said she never should have put the family, the jurors, or the audience through it. "The defendant is an evil and utterly dangerous narcissist," he said. "It is right that she should live and rot and die in a metal case, like the ugly and dark shadow of Lulu and Leo's bright and shiny lights."

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