A New York nanny who had murdered two young children in her care was sentenced to life without parole today.
Yoselyn Ortega spent two years working for Marina and Kevin Crim when she killed two of her children on October 25, 2012, 6-year-old Lulu and 2-year-old Leo.
Marina Krim came home that day with her then-3-year-old daughter Nessie and opened her bathroom door to find "the bloodstained, lifeless bodies of her 6-year-old daughter and her 2-year-old son." "Your eyes are open, bloodied," said Assistant District Attorney Courtney Groves.
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Prior to the conviction, Ortega said in court with an interpreter, "I'm very sorry for everything that happened. "
Ortega, who was emotional, said, "My life is in the hands of God."
In Kevin Krim's Sacrificial Disorder today, he called on the judge to ensure that Ortega "never leaves the prison alive."
Kevin Krim called Ortega a "bad and extremely dangerous narcissist" and said she should "live, rot and die" in prison.
"Lulu and Leo are powerful forces," said Marina Krim today in her victim statement. "They are now two stars that will always bring us forward."
Marina Krim said that Nessie, now 9 years old, is a "happy, funny, confident, hard worker" who loves school and "can adapt to any situation that can easily be adapted to her".
"Every time she wishes something, it's always up to Lulu and Leo to come back to us, and Nessie knows this wish will never come true," said Marina Krim. "Nessie knows from experience that life is not fair, but she is inspired by Lulu and Leo every day."
The Krims also called out Ortega's family.
Kevin Krim claimed that Ortega's family had lied about the nanny's background and forged a reprimand to make her appear qualified to hire her.
Because of a loophole in the law, Kevin Crim said Ortega's family will not be held responsible.
Kevin Krim said his family is pushing to make it a crime to falsify applications and references for someone working in child care.
"Lulu and Leo's Law" was introduced in the New York Legislature "in direct response" to this case, he said.
Marina Crimea said During the trial, Ortega's son called his mother's crimes an "accident" and said he winked and grinned at the jury, "as if it were some kind of reality TV show."
Marina Krim said the killings are an "accident" showing that Oretega's family "still has not taken responsibility for their roles in these murders and they still try to cover them and themselves."
In the wake of the tragedy, the Krims had two more children, Felix and Linus.
They also founded the Lulu & Leo Fund and Choose Creativity, an organization that offers parents and schools a curriculum based on 10 principles of creativity "that can help anyone thrive in all facets of their lives and build resilience "Website.
Ortega, convicted of two counts of first and second degree murder last month, was found guilty of madness.
Her defender, Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg, argued that she suffers from severe psychosis and "dissociation" "at the time of the killings".