Evil babysit­ters

It’s ev­ery par­ent’s worst night­mare to find those en­trusted with their chil­dren are mon­sters ers

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

Pure evil au pair

It was the ques­tion on ev­ery­one’s lips in the trial ear­lier this month– why would Yose­lyn Ortega, a seem­ingly in­no­cent nanny, mur­der her charges Lu­cia, six, and Leo, two, in the cold blood?

Fi­nally, in a case that shocked the world, Ortega ad­mit­ted why she vi­ciously stabbed two in­no­cent chil­dren. “I had to do every­thing, and take care of the kids. I worked as a babysit­ter only and she wanted me to do five hours of clean­ing each week,” the 55-year-old said, blam­ing the kids’ mother Ma­rina Krim for her crime.

On Oc­to­ber 25, 2012, Ma­rina pan­icked when she and her daugh­ter Nessie, three, ar­rived at Lu­cia’s bal­let class to dis­cover she hadn’t ar­rived. Ma­rina rushed back to her Man­hat­tan, US, home to find her chil­dren in a blood-splat­tered bath­tub and a kitchen knife dumped in the sink.

Ortega had stabbed Lu­cia 30 times and slashed Leo’s throat. The nanny then plunged the knife into her own neck in front of Ma­rina. Ju­rors gasped in hor­ror when Ortega’s lawyers ar­gued in­san­ity, say­ing the once-trusted nanny was too sick to un­der­stand the con­se­quences of what she had done. But Judge Gre­gory Carro re­ferred to Ortega as “pure evil” be­fore she was con­victed of mur­der and handed a life sen­tence, with no pa­role.

Leo Krim Lu­cia Krim

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