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Yoselyn Ortega stabbed six-year-old Lucia Krim and her brother Leo, 2, to death in New York City in October 2012.
The 55-year-old had attempted to dodge the murder charges by claiming insanity, but this was rejected by a jury at state Supreme Court in Manhattan. During her trial, Ortega’s lawyer said she hallucinated a devil’s order ‘to kill the children and herself’. She stabbed Lucia, nicknamed Lulu, and Leo with a kitchen knife and left their bloody bodies in the bath.
Marina Krim, the mother of the two children, returned to the Upper West Side apartment to find them dead and Ortega stabbing herself in the neck. She had returned home with her other daughter, three-year-old Nessie, after the nanny and her other children failed to appear at Lucia’s dance lesson.
Ortega now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison – a not guilty by insanity verdict could have resulted in her spending the rest of her life in a psychiatric facility. Her legal team had argued she was mentally incapable of intending to kill and too psychotic to understand her actions. But prosecutors said the evidence showed she had thought through her actions and understood the consequences, including grabbing Leo from behind and slitting his neck so he would not fight back as his sister had.
They said the attack was prompted by her anger at being asked to work too hard, and she was overwhelmed by financial concerns and tuition costs. In the last 10 years, just six people have been cleared of murder by claiming insanity out of 5,111 cases in New York, according to Janine Kava, spokeswoman for the state Division of Criminal Justice Services