Slay ‘plot’ by nanny
Prosecution wraps case
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.