DA Vance: Yoselyn Ortega Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murders of Leo And Lucia Krim

May 14, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of YOSELYN ORTEGA, 56, to life in state prison for fatally stabbing two children left in her care at their family’s Upper West Side apartment. On April 14, 2018, the defendant was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of two counts each of Murder in the First and Second Degrees.

“Five years ago Yoselyn Ortega stole Leo and Lulu Krim from their parents, their siblings, and our Manhattan community. Leo and Lulu will never live the lives that laid ahead of them, and now their remorseless killer will live the rest of her life in prison.

“Like millions of New Yorkers and generations of working parents before them, Marina and Kevin conducted interviews, required references, and hired a caretaker who earned their trust and looked after their children without incident for more than two years. Yoselyn Ortega violated that trust in the most horrific way imaginable, bringing an extraordinarily violent end to two young and precious lives, and an unspeakable, enduring loss to the entire Krim family.

“I would like to express my admiration for Marina and Kevin, whose courage cannot be overstated. In the wake of this inconceivable tragedy, they have turned their pain into purpose, carrying on the legacy of their two children through their determination to help others. They have my steadfast support as they work to improve the safety and integrity of the childcare process for all New Yorkers, and to bring their powerful Choose Creativity curriculum to more communities.”

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.A. Stuart Silberg, Deputy Bureau Chief of Trial Bureau 30, and Assistant D.A. 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.

Defendant Information:

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


  • Life in prison