Slay ‘plot’ by nanny

Pros­e­cu­tion wraps case

New York Post - - NEWS - By EL­IZ­A­BETH ROS­NER and LIA EUSTACHEWICH

Pros­e­cu­tors on Mon­day re­counted the hor­rific in­juries suf­fered by two chil­dren who were butchered by their nanny, say­ing “ev­ery stab, ev­ery lash” had a pur­pose — and that their mur­ders were in­ten­tional.

Yose­lyn Or­tega care­fully planned the deaths of Lu­cia Krim, 6, and her brother Leo, 2, whose bodies were found in a bath­tub in their fam­ily’s Up­per West Side apart­men, pros­e­cu­tor Stuart Sil­berg told jurors in Man­hat­tan Supreme Court.

“Her hands, those knives — she killed these chil­dren,” Sil­berg told jurors, point­ing at Or­tega.

“Just look­ing at her plans for the day and look­ing at what she did in that bath­room — that tells you ex- actly what her plans were,” Sil­berg said in his clos­ing ar­gu­ments.

Or­tega, then 55, told her sis­ter a day be­fore the Oct. 25, 2012, mur­ders to take care of her son, Je­sus, and “raise him well,” Sil­berg said.

“She knew when she left that day what her plan was.”

Or­tega has mounted an in­san­ity de­fense, claim­ing she was suf­fer­ing from a psy­chotic episode and was too men­tally ill to un­der­stand the con­se­quences of her ac­tions.

But Sil­berg in­sisted she plot­ted the mur­ders right down to car­ry­ing them out in the bath­room of the West 57th Street apart­ment — the fur­thest room in the house with a street-fac­ing win­dow, so no one could hear the screams.

“This was to pun­ish [mom] Ma­rina. Can you think of any way else of pun­ish­ing a per­son more?” Sil­berg asked.

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