Nanny Accused of Murdering Two UWS Children Fit for Trial, Judge Says

By Emily Frost on April 5, 2013 12:23pm | Updated on April 5, 2013 1:05pm

MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — A nanny accused of killing two children in her care on the Upper West Side has been deemed fit for trial.

Yoselyn Ortega, 50, has been charged with killing 2-year-old Leo Krim and his 6-year-old sister Lucia in their family's West 75th Street apartment in October.

Ortega then attempted suicide by slitting her own throat, police and prosecutors said.

On Friday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro said two psychiatrists had reviewed Ortega's "rather voluminous medical records" and "both psychiatrists found her fit to proceed" to trial. 

Carro said the evaluations showed she could "participate in a meaningful way" in the hearing. 

Ortega, who appeared to have recovered from her neck wounds, listened to the proceedings through an interpreter Friday, handcuffed and wearing a tan jumpsuit with her hair in corn rows.

On Oct. 25, Marina Krim returned home with her daughter, 3-year-old Nessie, to find her two other children lying dead in a bathtub and Ortega, who had worked for the Krim family for two-and-a-half years and was paid $18 an hour, in the bedroom attempting to slash her own throat, police said.

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