Nanny to be sentenced in killing of two kids

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A NY nanny convicted of fatally stabbing two young children in her care was sentenced on Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a crime that has been described as every parent's nightmare.

Yoselyn Ortega (YOH'-sih-lihn ohr-TAY'-guh) is to be sentenced Monday following her conviction of homicide final month within the 2012 deaths of Lucia and Leo Krim.

The nanny's defence team argued she suffered from "chronic mental illness" and was mentally incapable of being held responsible for her actions.

"I am very sorry, but I hope that no one will go through what I have gone through", Ortega said to the court through a translator.

Marina Krim came home that day with her then-3-year-old daughter and opened her bathroom door to find "the bloodied, lifeless bodies of her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son ... their eyes open, covered in blood", according to Assistant District Attorney Courtney Groves.

"She did it intentionally with a full understanding of exactly what it was she was doing-every stab, every slash", ADA Stuart Silberg said in his closing.

Kevin Krim said his family introduced "Lulu and Leo's law", which will make it a crime to falsify job applications and references for someone working in childcare, to NY state legislature in "direct response" to the case.

The Krims spoke 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.

Ms Krim was later found by police crying and screaming hysterically, clutching on to her surviving child. The emotional testimony often kept the panel and the audience in tears.

Prosecutors had described how Ortega was supposed to bring Lulu to a dance class, but instead brought her and Leo to their apartment.

By the time Marina Krim arrived home, Ortega had sliced her own wrists and plunged a knife into her throat.

"As Nessie grows up, she will be asking Kevin and me deep, unanswerable questions about life that most parents avoid talking about with their kids", Marina Krim said. "It was real", Krim told jurors.



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