NEW YORK — The New York nanny accused of killing two children in the bathtub of their home said she was sorry for what she had done, according to court papers Friday.
Yoselyn Ortega, 52, has pleaded not guilty to killing 6-year-old Lucia Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim on Oct. 25, 2012, in a bathroom while their mother was out picking up her third child from a swimming lesson.
Ortega cut her throat in a failed suicide attempt. The court papers say she told authorities the little girl tried to fight back before she stabbed her then killed the boy. She used at least two knives.
“Oh my God, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” she said, according to the court papers. “Relieve me of my miser
Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro denied both requests.
Van Leer-Greenberg has said Ortega cannot understand the case because of her injuries and because she suffers from delusions. But a judge found her fit for trial.
Ortega’s statements have not previously been made public. They included details from interviews with authorities after she regained consciousness.
“I had to do everything and take care of the kids,” she said. “God forgive me, so many things they made me do. Pray for me.”
In the moments before the killings, the children were out getting ice cream and going to a park because Lulu, as Lucia was called, didn’t want to go to dance class, according to the court papers.
The parents, Kevin and Marina Krim, have not spoken publicly about the killings. Last year at a fundraiser for their nonprofit, they said they missed their children every day, and they will forever. “We are just heartbroken,” Kevin Krim said. “But they inspire us every day as well. Their lives give us a purpose.”