By Debbie Emery – Radar Reporter
The New York nanny who has been accused of brutally stabbing two children in her care pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to the horrific double homicide.
Yoselyn Ortega entered her plea to four counts of murder in a bedside arraignment while lying handcuffed to her hospital bed under a white blanket at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, reported the New York Daily News.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the 50-year-old nanny has been hospitalized since October 25 when she allegedly stabbed two-year-old Leo Krim and his sister, Lucia, six, to death in their Manhattan apartment and then turned the knife on herself, from which she suffered wounds to her throat.
Mother Maria Krim returned home from swimming class with the family’s third child, Nessie, to find the small butchered bodies in the bathtub soaked in blood, while father, CNBC executive Kevin Krim, rushed back from a business trip to be by his wife’s side.
Ortega, who was allegedly having financial problems and complained to police that her bosses “were always telling her what to do,” told officers that she attacked the children but didn’t kill them.
“Yoselyn Ortega is charged with taking the lives of two innocent children who were incapable of defending themselves,” New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. “This crime shocked and horrified parents around the city, many of whom entrust their children to the care of others both by necessity and by choice.”
Ortega did not speak during the ten minute proceeding, and her attorney Valerie Van-Leer Greenberg refused to comment after the hearing.
Judge Lewis Bart Stone ordered her to be held without bail while she undergoes psychiatric evaluation, and she is due back in court on January 10.