An Upper West Side nanny accused of killing two young children in her care five years ago will finally, after years of pre-trial litigation over her mental health face a jury in the near future.
Jury selection begins Monday for Yoselyn Ortega, 55, who is accused of killing Lulu and Leo Krim, 6 and 2. Prosecutors accuse the former nanny of brutally stabbing the two children in their family's Upper West Side bathtub in October 2012, according to ABC 7. After allegedly killing the children, Ortega stabbed herself in her neck.
Ortega has eventually been found fit to stand trial. However, according to the New York Daily News, her defense team reportedly plans to use a psychological defense, and claim that she was having a psychotic break. Prosecutors, on the other hand, are expected to attempt to show that Ortega made the conscious decision to take away the lives of the two young children.
Both victims were stabbed repeatedly. A neighbor recalled the day they died to the New York Post, stating, “I could hear really loud, hysterical screaming — world-class screaming.”
The children’s mother Marina Krim was out with her daughter Nessie, 3, when the violence occurred. She came home and found Ortega and her two bloody children in the bathtub.
"She was bent over the child, screaming, holding on to the only live child she had," neighbor Charlotte Friedman told Newsday. "She was traumatized. She was deeply traumatized. And those screams were definitely primal screams because they were not even human; they were very deep, dark screams."
Ortega could spend the rest of her life behind bars if convicted.