Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the trial conviction of YOSELYN ORTEGA, 55, for stabbing two children to death in their family’s Upper West Side apartment. The defendant was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of two counts each of Murder in the First and Second Degrees. ORTEGA is expected to be sentenced on May 14, 2018.
“For the past five years, Kevin and Marina Krim have lived through the worst nightmare any parents could ever endure,” said District Attorney Vance. “Yoselyn Ortega – a woman they trusted to safeguard their children, who worked for them for more than two years without incident – brutally murdered two of their children in their apartment’s bathroom. 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.
“My heart continues to go out to Kevin and Marina Krim and the entire Krim family; as a father of two myself, I can’t begin to imagine the pain they felt and continue to feel. I thank them for their strength and poise during this time of unimaginable grief and I hope that today’s verdict helps to bring some measure of closure to this period for their family.
“And, thank you to my Office’s prosecutors for dedicating their lives to this case. Their oath compelled them to fight for these children as if they were their own – and that is exactly what they did. Cases like this are why we work here. We are here to protect the most vulnerable among us – to speak for them when they cannot and to fight for them when they have been victimized in ways we cannot even conceive.”
As proven at trial, at approximately 5:00 p.m. on October 25, 2012, ORTEGA, who was employed as a babysitter for the Krim family, fatally stabbed six-year-old Lucia Krim, and two-year-old Leo Krim, inside the bathroom of the Upper West Side apartment where the children’s family lived. The defendant then waited for the children’s mother to arrive home with the Krims’ other child before attempting to commit suicide. Both children were transported to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital where they were later pronounced dead.
Assistant D.As. Stuart Silberg, Deputy Bureau Chief of Trial Bureau 30, and Courtney Groves handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Lisa DelPizzo, Chief of Trial Bureau 30; Senior Supervising Attorney Eugene Porcaro; and Executive District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Paralegals Kaitlin O’Donnell and Clare Haugh also assisted with the case.
District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD, particularly former Detective Francis Brennan, Detective Carl Roadarmel, and Detective Jennifer Longo O’Connell, members of the DA’s Squad, and members of the Manhattan North Homicide Squad for their assistance with the investigation.
YOSELYN ORTEGA, D.O.B. 5/1/1962
New York, NY
- Murder in the First Degree, a class A felony, two counts
- Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, two counts