The Dominican New York City nanny accused of murder of two children she was caring for has entered a plea of not guilty. She entered her plea through her defense attorney from inside the hospital room where she's been treated for self-inflicted stab wounds, reports Fox News Latino.
"I ask you to enter a not guilty plea on behalf of my client," her lawyer, Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg, told Judge Lewis Bart Stone. Leer-Greenberg stated that her client remains "profoundly, medically impaired and in need of medical attention."
The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, 50, had reportedly stabbed 6-year-old Lucia Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim on the night of October 25, while the mother, Marina Krim, was out with a third child. When Marina Krim returned, she found their bodies in a bathtub with Ortega lying on the bathroom floor with stab wounds to her neck. A knife was located near her body.
The father, CNBC digital media executive Kevin Krim, had been on a business trip the night of the killings.
Judge Stone ordered Ortega held without bail while she is put through a psychiatric exam. The judge, along with prosecutors and others in the hospital room, wore a hospital gown. Ortega appeared alert, but didn't speak. The hearing lasted ten minutes.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced an indictment charging Ortega with multiple counts of murder.
"This crime shocked and horrified parents around the city, many of whom entrust their children to the care of others both by necessity and by choice," Vance said in a statement. "My heart goes out to the family of those beautiful young children, and I hope that, with time, this family will heal."
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