Jury finds former Manhattan nanny guilty for killing two children

By Spectrum News Staff & Associated Press |

(NY1.com) – A jury has found a former Manhattan nanny, who slaughtered two children in her care in 2012, guilty on all charges in her murder trial. Her defense had argued she was too mentally ill to be held responsible for the killings.

Yoselyn Ortega attacked 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother Leo, on Oct. 25, 2012 in their Upper West Side apartment, placing their bloodied bodies in a bathtub before their mother, Marina Krim, came home to discover the horrifying scene. Ortega also plunged a knife into her own neck in a failed suicide attempt.

The jury reached a verdict shortly before 3:35 p.m. Wednesday and announced about an hour later that it found Ortega guilty on all charges — two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.

“We could not find a strongly credibly proof that the defendant was not aware and able to recognize what was going on,” David Curtis, one of the jurors, said during a press conference after the verdict.

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