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Parents of slain kids respond after killer nanny found guilty

Kevin and Marina Krim

The parents whose two children were murdered by “killer nanny” Yoselyn Ortega spoke about moving forward in a “positive act of defiance” just hours after the woman was convicted in the slaying.

“Marina and I want to thank the judge and the jurors for their commitment to justice and their public service over this long and difficult trial,” Kevin Krim said in a statement posted on Facebook.

“This process has been very challenging for us, but it has also reaffirmed our love of New York: a city that Lulu and Leo loved dearly.”

Lulu, 6, and Leo, 2, were stabbed by Ortega and left to bleed out inside their own home in 2012.

Ortega was found guilty on four counts of murder on Wednesday — and the parents are asking supporters to turn their anger into positive action.

‘Killer nanny’ found guilty of slaughtering two kids in her care

Yoselyn Ortega

Jurors didn’t buy the insanity defense of Killer Nanny Yoselyn Ortega, instead finding her guilty Wednesday on all four counts of murder in the grisly butchering of two Upper West Side tots — a crime that shocked the city.

“We could not find a strongly credible proof that the defendant was not aware and did not recognize what was going on,” juror David Curtis told reporters in a rare post-decision press conference in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Anguished dad Kevin Krim — whose kids Lucia, 6, and Leo, 2, were filleted by Ortega and left to bleed out inside their own home in 2012 — wept as the verdict was announced and choked back more tears as he hugged jurors following the proceeding.

Prosecutors argued Ortega carefully planned the bloodbath, in which she stabbed Leo five times and Lucia 30 with a 13-inch blade and then left them in a bathtub inside their luxe Upper West Side apartment.

Ortega waited there for the children’s mother, Marina, to get home with a third child before turning the knife on herself.

Her lawyer Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg argued in vain that the nanny was insane and “lacked the ability to make any decisions” the day of the murders.

Over the course of the six-week trial, the defense called multiple doctors, including two psychiatrists, to testify Ortega was not responsible for her crimes.

But prosecutors convinced jurors that Ortega carefully calculated the brutal killing to get back at Marina, going so far as to carry out the slayings in the West 75th Street apartment’s bathroom, because it would be tougher for others to hear the children’s screams there.

“Today, a jury rightly held Yoselyn Ortega accountable for the horrific slayings of Leo and Lulu Krim, and I thank the members of that jury for their diligence throughout this incredibly difficult and heartbreaking trial,” Manhattan DA Cy Vance said.

Kevin held the hands of dismissed alternate jurors Brittany Yee and Chole Beck — who previously said they would have found the nanny guilty if selected — as jurors prepared to announce the verdict.

Kevin Krim hugs jurors.

Ortega, 55, sat expressionless with arms crossed wearing a hot-pink shirt and her hair pulled back in a ponytail as the decision came down.

She wiped away tears as she was led out of court, but offered no apology to Krim.

Neither Ortega nor her family has apologized to the Krims.

The heartbroken dad offered no words during the press conference, instead standing by and choking back tears while the jurors spoke.

“Thank you for being strong, thank you for sticking this out,” Curtis said to him.

The panel of 12 jurors deliberated for nearly 13 hours over two days before reaching the decision a little after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

“It was not a decision we reached lightly,” Curtis said wiping away tears. “There were some raised voices and a lot of tears. We were divided until the moment we made a decision.”

Curtis said he “worked very hard” to not think of his own children when deliberating.

“It was incumbent on all of us in the decision process to try to not put ourselves in those positions but to try to be separate,” he said.

At one point Wednesday, the jury asked Judge Gregory Carro to let them review testimony from Ortega’s sister Delci about how she quarreled with the family over how she would get home after babysitting the kids during a wedding in Westchester County.

Laughter could be heard from the deliberation room minutes before it was announced the jury had reached a conclusion.
Ortega’s sentencing is set for May 14.

https://nypost.com/2018/04/18/killer-nanny-found-guilty-of-slaughtering-two-kids-in-her-care/

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