Killer nanny sits stone-faced in court as jury hears details of brutal child stabbings

The mortally wounded girl and her toddler brother were found in the bathtub. “They were staring at each other,” a detective said in court.

The former New York City nanny accused of stabbing two young children to death while they were in her care remained emotionless in court as the jury heard horrific details about the killings.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Yoselyn Ortega is on trial for the murder of Lucia and Leo Krim, who died of multiple stab wounds in October 2012. Their mother, Marina Krim, found the horrific scene when she arrived home for a swimming lesson with another daughter. Ortega was reportedly standing in the bathroom with the mortally wounded children, stabbing herself in the throat with a knife.

According to the New York Daily News, a medical examiner testified at the trial about the children’s injuries, including the 30 stab wounds six-year-old Lucia suffered. The medical examiner said that Lucia’s injuries suggest the little girl fought back during the attack.

The girl, known as “Lulu,” “[struggled] to get away from this knife,”forensic pathologist Susan Ely said in her testimony.

“Lucia Krim had her hands up at some point while she was being stabbed,” Ely said.

“In some way they got between the knife and her body during the course of the violence.”

Ely testified that a medical examination could not determine if or for how long Leo, 2, was aware as he was viciously stabbed five times. She said that it was possible the little boy was attacked from behind.
Jurors reportedly saw a diagram of Lucia’s 30 stab wounds, and one appeared to be shaking afterwards, as the suspect remained emotionless.
NYPD Detective Jennifer O’Connell also testified at the trial, describing the scene in the bathroom where the children were murdered.
O’Connell said that the little girl and boy, next to each other in the bathtub, appeared to be dead when she arrived.
“Their eyes were opened, and it looked as if nothing was in there. They were staring at each other,” she said.
Ortega has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
[Feature image: Lucia and Leo Krim/Facebook]