Therapist Says He Saw Nanny 3 Days Before She Stabbed 2 Kids To Death Inside Upper West Side Apt

March 08, 2018 - 4:10 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A therapist was on the stand Thursday in the trial of the Upper West Side nanny accused of brutally murdering two children in her care.

Thomas Caffrey told the court that he had seen Yoselyn Ortega once -- three days before the killings. 

Caffrey said she had anxiety and depression but no suicidal or murderous thoughts. He also said Ortega was obsessing about her teenage son who had recently come to New York from the Dominican Republic.

Ortega didn't appear to agree with the testimony as she was seen shaking her head and telling her lawyer "no, no."

A lawyer for Ortega has argued that she is too mentally ill to be responsible for the killing of 6-year-old Lulu Krim and her 2-year-old brother Leo.

Marina Krim discovered the bodies of her two kids in a bathtub with their eyes open. Lulu is said to have fought back and was stabbed 30 times.

Leo was also stabbed repeatedly.

The defense is trying to prove that Ortega was insane at the time she stabbed the Krim kids to death inside their family's multi-million dollar home off of Central Park West in October of 2012. Ortega survived the incident after she slit her own throat.

The defense claims Ortega heard voices, suffered from depression, experienced hallucinations, and lacked the capacity to know what she was doing.

The prosecution said they have proof that Ortega is sane, and that she killed the kids as revenge against the Krim family for not paying her enough. Assistant District Attorney Stuart Silberg called it the slaughter of two innocent children.

Silberg said Ortega understood the consequences of her actions. That's a key factor in trying to mount an insanity defense.

Marina Krim addressed the jury last week.

"I just need a good look at you," she said to Ortega, before turning to the judge and adding, "because she is a liar."

Between tears and deep breaths Krim recalled the day in 2012 when she returned to the family's apartment to find two of her children dead in the bathtub. She said there was blood all over, and she saw Ortega -- their nanny of two years -- standing there, she said her eyes were bugging out.

When Krim left the witness stand March 1, she said to Ortega 'you are gross, you are disgusting.'

Marina and Kevin Krim took to Facebook last week to discuss the case.

"The criminal trial in our case is getting started and over the next few months the story of Lulu and Leo and our whole family will be painfully in the news again," Kevin said. They also urged people to remember their children in a positive light.

If the Krims had hoped the trial would be a speedy one, that will not be the case. Prosecutors expect the case to take at least 15 weeks.

Ortega has been found mentally fit to stand trial.