NEW YORK -- A nanny accused of stabbing to death two young children left in her care pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder Wednesday from a hospital bed, where she has been held since trying to commit suicide by slashing her own throat and wrists.
Yoselyn Ortega’s alleged crime horrified New York City, where the sight of nannies accompanying toddlers is a common one, especially in upscale neighborhoods like the Upper West Side, where Ortega worked for the family of Marina and Kevin Krim.
According to police, Marina Krim had returned to the family’s apartment near Central Park on the evening of Oct. 25 with her 3-year-old daughter Nessie. After finding the apartment strangely dark and quiet, she checked room after room. When she pushed open a bathroom door, she discovered the bloodied bodies of another daughter, 6-year-old Lucia, and her third child, a 2-year-old boy named Leo.
Ortega, 50, was sprawled on the floor beside them with what police say were self-inflicted slash wounds that left her in critical condition. A kitchen knife lay nearby.