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Former nanny sentenced to life for killing children

Former nanny sentenced to life for killing children

The parents of two small children whose nanny stabbed them to death at their New York City home say she is "an evil and utterly risky narcissist" who deserves her sentence of life in prison without parole. "It is right that she should live and rot and die in a metal case, like the ugly and dark shadow of Lulu and Leo's bright and shiny lights".

Unable to contact the 55-year-old nanny, the paediatrician rushed home, where Ortega was supposed to have taken Leo for a nap.

"I'm very sorry for everything that happened but hope that no one goes through what I have gone through", reports News.com.au. "Her plan that day was to kill the Krim children and to kill herself", Groves said in her opening statements.

Judge Gregory Carro on Monday called the case "pure evil" before issuing the sentence, the stiffest available.

A nanny who was convicted of brutally murdering two small children in her care while their parents were out was sentenced on Monday to life in prison without parole during a dramatic courtroom encounter.

Yoselyn Ortega was sentenced to life in prison on two counts of first-degree murder and consecutive sentences of 25 years each on two counts of second-degree murder for fatally stabbing 6-year-old Lucia and 2-year-old Leo in their home on October 25, 2012.

On the day of the murders, the children's mother, Marina Krim, arrived back at their Upper West Side apartment with her third child to find Lucia and Leo dead in her blood-soaked bathroom.

Marina Krim, 41, went a step further, and called out the "evil defendant" and her "entire family of bad, unethical people". Their father was out of town.

The nanny's lawyer had argued that Ortega was mentally ill and couldn't be held responsible for the children's deaths.

The children's distraught mother lashed out at Ortega for not showing "an ounce of remorse" and for plotting to "destroy" her family.

Marina Krim told a judge that nanny Yoselyn Ortega (YOH'-sih-lihn ohr-TAY'-guh) instead destroyed her own family.

Following the decision, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement that Ortega was "remorseless" and commended the courage of the Krims. 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. Krim frantically tried to reach Ortega, who had worked for the family for about two years.

Her lawyer had unsuccessfully argued that her client claimed to have been "touched by the devil" when she ruthlessly killed the kids and should therefore be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Ortega stabbed Leo five times and Lucia 30 times, according to testimony from an assistant medical examiner. She returned to the lobby and asked the doorman if he had seen her children leave. "It was real", Krim told jurors.

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