A NY nanny convicted of murdering two children she was trusted to care for was sentenced on Monday to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
Yoselyn Ortega had worked for Marina and Kevin Krim for two years when she killed two of their children, 6-year-old Lulu and 2-year-old Leo, on October 25, 2012.
Ortega stabbed and slashed the children in the rear bathroom of the second-floor apartment of the La Rochelle before plunging a kitchen knife into her own throat in a failed suicide attempt.
Marina Krim, 41, went a step further, and called out the "evil defendant" and her "entire family of bad, unethical people".
Kevin Krim eviscerated Ortega for not pleading guilty and forcing the case into a courtroom.
"Get me out of here. I was hoping it was a nightmare, and it wasn't", said Mr Krim.
"First I see Lulu and I instantly know she's dead", Krim testified at Ortega's trial.
Ortega spoke briefly during the hearing, but her words were enough to pain the victims' parents.
They testified that Ms. Ortega, a religious woman, had suffered from bouts of deep depression, and delusions and hallucinations since she was 16 in the Dominican Republic, but her illness had not been treated or diagnosed until after her arrest on murder charges.
"I ask for a great deal of forgiveness - to God, to Marina, to Kevin", she said, wearing an oatmeal top and her dark hair scraped back into a ponytail.
"We could not find a strongly credible proof that the defendant was not aware and able to recognize what was going on", Curtis said.
The case hinged on evidence presented about Ms. Ortega's mental health history and her state of mind at the time of the slayings, much of which countered her argument that she was in the grip of severe psychosis.
Ortega claimed to hear the voice of the devil and was following his instructions.
At trial, the DA's team said the nanny knew what she was doing. She looked very unhealthy. "She had aged a lot - like seven years in a few months".
"I had to do everything and take care of the kids", she told police after the brutal murder.
Ortega had worked for the Krims for some two years before she killed their babies.
In the wake of the tragedy, the Krims founded The Lulu & Leo Fund and Choose Creativity, an organization that offers parents and schools a curriculum based on 10 principles of creativity "that can help anyone thrive and build resiliency in all facets of their lives", according to its website. The couple's two sons, "Felix and Linus, born after the murders, never got the chance to meet Lulu and Leo".