The woman on trial for the horrific 2012 murders of two children in her care saw a psychologist for the first time just three days before she allegedly stabbed six-year-old Lucia Krim and her two-year-old brother Leo Krim in the bathroom of their Upper West Side apartment.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Yoselyn Ortega is facing trial for the children’s stabbing death, and has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. The children’s mother, Marina Krim, came home from a swimming lesson with her third child, a daughter, on October 25, 2012, to find her eldest and youngest mortally wounded in the bathtub, the bathroom covered in blood. Ortega was reportedly stabbing herself in the neck when Marina Krim came upon the nightmarish scene.
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The two children could not be saved, but Ortega recovered from her injuries and is currently facing trial in Manhattan. According to the New York Post, a psychologist testified on Thursday that he saw her for an appointment three days before the brutal murders, and that she did not exhibit any symptoms of psychosis.
“She didn’t tell me about any concerns about voices or visions, smells, tactile. No indication of hallucinations,” Dr. Thomas Caffrey testified.
“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.”
The psychologist reportedly said that Ortega had been suffering from anxiety and guilt after her adult son moved to New York City from theDominican Republic, and was worried she had not done enough for him as a mother, including in terms of financial support.
The appointment was their first, and Ortega did not make a second appointment, the therapist said.
The suspect’s defense attorneys are arguing that she was mentally unfit at the time of the murders, and that she heard voices in the months leading up to the killings.
[Feature image: Leo and Lucia Krim/Facebook]