Yoselyn Ortega, who is accused of killing two little children she was taking care of in her role as nanny for Marina and Kevin Krim, has been found competent to stand trial. Her lawyers had argued that she "heard voices" telling her to kill on the day of the murders, and that she was otherwise mentally unfit to help with her own defense. But the judge wasn't buying it, saying:
I feel there is clear and convincing evidence that this defendant is fit to stand trial.
Some of that evidence was jailhouse phone calls she'd made to her 17-year-old son, in which she lucidly talked about such mundane everyday tasks as his home renovations and visiting Motor Vehicles.
But her defense team argued that she cannot understand the court proceedings and cannot help her defense, saying:
I don't thinks he has the capacity to understand and discuss rationally the impact of any evidence in this case.
But now she will have to. Unless there's a plea deal, this means that Ortega will go to trial. This also means we might finally find out why the nanny, who was considered a part of the family and had even vacationed with the Krims in her native Dominican Republic, allegedly took a knife to 2-year-old Leo and 6-year-old Lucia Krim, butchering them in their own bathtub in their Manhattan home.
Of course, the WHY may never be sufficiently answered. But certainly the prosecution will state its case as to WHY, and it will probably have something to do with Ortega being mad at the Krim family, reportedly having an "epic" argument with mom Marina, and being resentful of her increased household duties.
None of that seems like a reason to murder two innocent children -- but there often isn't a good reason when people kill. And there is never a good reason when children are killed, and yet they are killed all of the time.
However, it is heartbreaking to think that the Krims may have to go through a trial -- and most likely will have to testify. Especially considering that Marina is pregnant. On the other hand, they may welcome the chance to help put their children's alleged killer behind bars.
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