The horrific slaying of Leo Krim, 2, and his sister Lucia, 6, allegedly at the hands of their nanny Yoselyn Ortega on October 25 was one of the most horrific crimes in recent memory. The two babies were found by their mother Marina Krim, slashed and stabbed in the bathtub, while Ortega stabbed herself in the neck and almost bled to death.
Now, charged with first degree murder, a charge typically reserved for murders of cops and judges, Ortega has pleaded not guilty to the murders and asked that the press stay out of her hospital. She says she is too "pathetic" to be seen. As the New York Post put it: "She's pathetic, all right."
Obviously, in this country, we are innocent until proven guilty and Ortega has every right to plead what she feels is the truth. Meanwhile the rest of us are left to speculate and this plea tells me two things:
1.) The parents are about to go through even more hell thanks to this plea.
2.) She is going to have to come up with some pretty elaborate tale to explain how the mother walked in on what she walked in on that night.
Judging from the website defending her, I worry she may plan to try to pin the blame on the mother. From everything I have heard, that seems insane, but I guess you never know what really happened unless you were there.
Still, if she is lying and just trying to deflect blame, this will cause Marina Krim enormous amounts of pain. No one will believe it naturally, but can you imagine anyone claiming that the worst tragedy of your life was your fault? Yeah. It's pretty horrendous no matter how you look at it. My heart just aches for these poor parents.
The next court date is January 16, which means this case is going to consume the next few months in the media and, most of all, in these parents' lives. We can all try to keep an open mind, but Ortega's name in the press is "the killer nanny." That's kind of a hard legend to live down or plead against. Is she guilty? I guess time will tell. But it's awfully hard to imagine a scenario in which anyone else did it.
Of course, it's also hard to imagine a person who would kill children because she was envious of their affluent parents. No matter what the answer is, it's hard to fathom. Two beautiful children were murdered. There is no explanation for that.
Are you surprised by the plea?
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