Marina Krim in an undated photograph with her children, Nessie, three, Lulu, six and Leo, 20 months. Picture: Supplied
Marina Krim in an undated photograph with her children, Nessie, three, Lulu, six and Leo, 20 months. Picture: Supplied

Murder-accused nanny: ‘I had to do everything’

WHEN the Upper West Side nanny accused of slaughtering two children opened her eyes after the bloody attack, a breathing tube down her throat and shackled to a hospital bed, she didn't ask about the slain youngsters or express remorse - she whined about their mum.

"I had to do everything and take care of the kids," Yoselyn Ortega communicated to the on-duty cop just two days after she butchered Lucia Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2, the New York Post reports.

On Thursday, jurors saw the disturbing statements the 55-year-old made to New York Police Department Sergeant Yoel Hidalgo, who dictated her gestures, via alphabet board, in pen onto four separate sheets of white paper.

Ortega claims she doesn't remember the slaughter and says she was possessed by the devil, and was unable to address Sgt Hidalgo verbally because after nearly decapitating the children she plunged the knife into her own throat.

The grisly crime unfolded just three days after Ortega visited a psychologist - who earlier took the stand to tell jurors she was depressed, but not mentally ill.

"I worked as babysitter only and she wanted me to do everything so wanted 5 hours of cleaning every week," another statement inked by Sgt Hildago read, referencing stay-at-home mum Marina Krim.

Yoselyn Ortega listens to court proceedings during the first day of her trial at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on March 1, 2018. Picture: WYNY-TV/Pool Photo via AP
Yoselyn Ortega listens to court proceedings during the first day of her trial at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York on March 1, 2018. Picture: WYNY-TV/Pool Photo via AP

The 55-year-old nanny's gripes continued, despite the fact that, in a children's bathroom across the city, investigators were still collecting evidence from the blood-soaked room where she'd allegedly stabbed the children to death in the tub.

"I told her I do not want to clean because of soap," Ortega also said, with Sgt Hidalgo telling jurors she'd pointed to her pinky finger after this statement.

Ms Krim, during her heartbreaking testimony last week, told the court Ortega had approached her and showed her a burn on her pinky from bleach in the days before the slayings.

Defence lawyer Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg addresses the jury in the trial of Yoselyn Ortega. Picture: WYNY-TV/Pool Photo via AP
Defence lawyer Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg addresses the jury in the trial of Yoselyn Ortega. Picture: WYNY-TV/Pool Photo via AP

The mum-of-three had testified she was horrified by the injury, and purchased natural cleaning products for the cash-strapped woman, who she'd offered $100 more a week for five hours of cleaning in addition to childcare.

But the natural solvents were never used, because days later Ortega killed Ms Krim's children, and then tried to take her own life, police allege.

"When I got things wrong she would make a grunting, gargling sound," Sgt Hidalgo testified. "She would tap on the railing. She would show frustration. Even small facial expressions, she would make."

Ortega, who has been scowling and shaking her head during past testimony - stared at the exhibits.

The first piece of paper shown to jurors contained pen scratches made by Ortega herself, and also referenced the psychologist, Dr Thomas Caffrey, who she'd visited under the name Yoselyn Perez.

Marina and Kevin Krim with their daughter Lucia (known as Lulu) months before she was murdered with her baby brother Leo in 2012. Picture: Supplied
Marina and Kevin Krim with their daughter Lucia (known as Lulu) months before she was murdered with her baby brother Leo in 2012. Picture: Supplied

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Marina Krim in an undated photograph with her children, Nessie, 3, Lulu (Lucia), 6, and Leo, 20 months. Picture: Supplied
Marina Krim in an undated photograph with her children, Nessie, 3, Lulu (Lucia), 6, and Leo, 20 months. Picture: Supplied

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The Krim siblings: Lucia (Lulu), 6, Leo, 20 months and Nessie, 3. Picture: Supplied
The Krim siblings: Lucia (Lulu), 6, Leo, 20 months and Nessie, 3. Picture: Supplied

Dr Caffrey testified there was "no evidence" that the then-50-year-old caregiver suffered from delusions or hallucinations at the time of the stabbings.

"She didn't tell me about any concerns about voices or visions, smells, tactile. No indication of hallucinations," he said.

"Her concerns seemed to be about her heart, her anxiety, her son, her sister, her money. She impressed me as a worried, anxious, frightened person."

Dr Caffrey read out a portion of his notes in which he observed: "(Ortega) seemed to be concerned about her son and not having done much for him over the 12 years."

Ortega never made a second appointment. Soon after visiting Dr Caffrey, she allegedly went on a stabbing spree inside Marina and Kevin Krim's Upper West Side apartment, murdering Lucia and Leo.

Prosecutors, who don't have to prove a motive, have said Ortega was driven to kill because she was jealous of Ms Krim and resentful that she offered her housework for more money.

Ortega, who worked for the Krims for two years, is mounting an insanity defence, claiming she'd heard voices and was "touched by the devil" in the months leading up to the murders.

Ortega faces up to life in prison, if convicted. If she's found not guilty by reason if insanity, she could spend the rest of her life in a mental institution.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post and has been republished here with permission.

 

Kevin and Marina Krim with their only surviving child Nessie in a still from a video promoting their not-for-profit Lulu & Leo Fund, which they set up after the murders. Picture: Lulu & Leo Fund via AP
Kevin and Marina Krim with their only surviving child Nessie in a still from a video promoting their not-for-profit Lulu & Leo Fund, which they set up after the murders. Picture: Lulu & Leo Fund via AP

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The Upper West Side apartment building where Lulu and Leo Krim were allegedly stabbed to death by their nanny Yoselyn Ortega on October 26, 2012. Picture: Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
The Upper West Side apartment building where Lulu and Leo Krim were allegedly stabbed to death by their nanny Yoselyn Ortega on October 26, 2012. Picture: Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

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