‘I didn’t like the way she looked’: Fellow caretaker says nanny charged with killing two small children scared her off

The New York nanny charged with the gruesome slaying of two kids had grumbled the day before the deaths about “too much work and not enough money,” the New York Post reports.

During the trial of nanny Yoselyn Ortega, Chelsea Andrews, a fellow nanny herself, testified Friday that Ortega had been behaving oddly on Oct. 24, 2012, when she made the comments.

“When I saw her that day, in that state of mind, I did not want to schedule a play date with her because I didn’t like the way she looked,” Andrews testified in a Manhattan court.

Andrews at that time had been caring for a girl who often played with the victims, 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her brother, 2-year-old Leo. Ortega is accused of stabbing the children to death in their apartment on the Upper West Side the following day, Oct. 25.


In this image from video, Yoselyn Ortega, a trusted nanny to a well-to-do family, listens to court proceedings during the first day of her trial,in New York, Thursday, March 1, 2018. In October 2012 Ortega took two young children in her care into a bathroom at their Manhattan apartment, slaughtered them with a knife and then slit her own throat. (WYNY-TV/Pool Photo via AP)

In testifying for the defense, Andrews explained that she had asked Ortega what was wrong.

“Lots of work, little money,” Ortega reportedly said.

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Andrews said she did not inquire further because “that’s Yoselyn’s business and not mine. She is working too hard and the money is too little.”

As Andrews was testifying, Ortega often said “no” and pointed fingers at Andrews to express disagreement, the newspaper reports. Another witness, Francisca Corniel, who has been Ortega’s friend for more than four decades, said Ortega did not look well around the time of the murders.

“When she went to my house, I saw she had dark circles. She looked sick, she looked like she wasn’t all right,” Corniel, 80, said in court. “She said she wasn’t sleeping well.”

Ortega reportedly told Corniel that she “didn’t feel good at that job, she didn’t feel comfortable.”

Jurors also were shown graphic crime scene images in which Ortega is soaked in blood and on the floor of the family’s bathroom. Investigators say she stuck the children’s bodies in the bathtub. Ortega is said to have slashed her own throat as the kids’ mother entered the bathroom.

FILE – In this Oct. 27, 2012, file photo, photographs of 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother, Leo, are displayed alongside balloons and stuffed animals at a memorial outside the apartment building where they lived in New York. Opening arguments begin Thursday, March 1, 2018, for Yoselyn Ortega, the family’s nanny charged with murder in the Oct. 25, 2012, deaths of the siblings. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Luis Sandoval, a now-retired NYPD officer, nearly cried while testifying about responding to the home.

“I observed a lady screaming and crying,” he said about the mother.

Sandoval also said a daughter who survived and who had not been home at the time of the incident pleaded with the mother: “Please mommy, don’t cry, don’t cry,” she reportedly said, according to Sandoval.

Multiple jurors gasped when a picture was shown of a blood-covered knife next to Ortega’s body.

“I get to the apartment, and I see a lady laying on the floor,” Sandoval said. “When I got there, there were two knives next to her.”

Ortega claims she was insane at the time of the killings and faces life behind bars if convicted.

[Featured Image: Leo and Lucia Krim/Facebook]