N.Y. nanny Yoselyn Ortega, charged with the brutal stabbing deaths of two young children under her care in an Upper West Side Manhattan apartment on October 25, has been under police guard in a NYC hospital recovering from self-inflicted wounds sustained when she unsuccessfully tried killing herself after allegedly killing 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother Leo Krim.
Earlier today, Ortega made her first court appearance, albeit a virtual one, to plead not guilty to those murder charges.
The New York Daily News reported that:
Ortega, 50, wearing a blue hairnet, lay handcuffed to her hospital bed under a white blanket at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She entered her plea to four counts of murder in a bedside arraignment, through her lawyer Valerie Van-Leer Greenberg …
The Huffington Post shared that Ortega was sporting a neck brace and a tracheostomy tube. “One of her hands shook throughout the hearing, which was translated into Spanish.”
On the evening of October 25, the mother, Marina Krim, walked into her apartment to find both of her children dead in the bathtub and soaked in blood.
The nanny lay only feet away from the tub slashing her own throat with the same kitchen knife she used to allegedly kill the Krim children.
The children’s dad, CNBC executive Kevin Krim, was away on a business trip while his children were being killed.
NYC District Attorney Cyrus Vance said “Yoselyn Ortega is charged with taking the lives of two innocent children who were incapable of defending themselves.”
“This crime shocked and horrified parents around the city, many of whom entrust their children to the care of others both by necessity and by choice. My heart goes out to the family of those beautiful young children, and I hope that, with time, this family will heal.”
Ortega didn’t have anything to say during her brief arraignment. Her lawyer declined comments when the hearing was over.
The judge decreed that Yoselyn Ortega would be held without bail while undergoing a psych evaluation.
Her next court appearance will be on January 16.
For more on Ortega, see the video accompanying this article.
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