New York – 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 wept as she spoke briefly – a rare show of emotion in a lengthy trial at which she was convicted of the gruesome October 2012 stabbing deaths of 6-year-old Lucia Krim, known as Lulu, and 2-year-old Leo Krim.

“I’m very sorry for everything that happened, but I hope that no one goes through what I have gone through,” said the 55-year-old Ortega. “Although many people wish me all the worst, my life is in the hands of God.”

The children’s parents, speaking to the judge before sentencing, demanded the maximum sentence.

“The defendant may think she destroyed Lulu and Leo, but she is a failure in this, too. Lulu and Leo are powerful forces,” the mother, Marina Krim, said through tears. “They are two stars now who will always lead us forward.”

She and her husband, Kevin Krim, spoke of how Ortega robbed them of their children and how Ortega’s family and friends helped with this by lying to them about Ortega’s personality and experience as a nanny. Ortega, who’s from the Dominican Republic, had been recommended by her sister, a nanny for another New York family, and her background and references were faked by her family. The consequences, the Krims said, were horrifying.

“We miss hearing them call out my name and run to hug me when I got home from work,” the father said while crying. “We miss feeling their soft skin in our arms.”

“I ask for a great deal of forgiveness,” Ortega said through a Spanish-English interpreter. “To God, to Marina, to Kevin. I wish my family had told them that I did not feel well.”

But Judge Gregory Carro referred to Ortega as “pure evil” and said she should spend the rest of her life in prison.


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