The Upper West Side parents whose nanny killed two of their three children slammed the murderer and her family at the woman’s sentencing Monday.
“My family and I, we create and built. The defendant and her family, they destroy and ruin,” Marina Krim seethed of killer caretaker Yoselyn Ortega. “The defendant set out to destroy what [husband] Kevin and I had created and built — an inspired, happy, thriving family. But she failed.”
Ortega, who faces up to life without parole for fatally stabbing little Lucia and Leo Krim, remained stone-faced as Krim — at times fighting back tears — spoke.
Krim also ripped Ortega’s family, who were blamed for setting them up with the deeply troubled woman, lying to get her the job.
“The defendant’s son, Jesus Frias, sat in front of a traumatized jury, winking and grinning at the jury members as if it were some kind of reality TV show he wants to win,” the mom said. “What is wrong with them?”
As her husband struggled not to break down, Marina talked about their only surviving daughter, Nessie, who was 3 when her siblings were killed.
“Each time she makes a wish, it’s always for Lulu and Leo to come back to us. Nessie knows that wish will never come true,” the mom said. The couple’s two sons, “Felix and Linus, born after the murders, never got the chance to meet Lulu and Leo. But I see Lulu and Leo living within all three of the kids every day.”
The mom nearly couldn’t finish her statement. Referring to Lucia, nicknamed Lulu, 6, and Leo, 2, Krim wept as she called them “two stars now that will always lead us forward.”
Her husband Kevin’s statement included what he read at a November 2012 memorial service for their dead children.
“I’m not really giving a eulogy today. Because I want to talk about all our kids. We called them Team Krim,” Kevin said.
He said they called Lucia “Our Little Buddha.”
“We were madly in love” with Leo, too, the dad added.
Calling Ortega “an evil and utterly dangerous narcissist and a complete failure,” he then addressed Judge Gregory Carro.
“I trust that you do not need this request from Lulu and Leo’s dad after all you’ve heard and seen, but I will make it anyway: In your sentencing decision, please follow the law as you always have … by ensuring that the defendant can never leave prison alive,” the dad said.
“The defendant knows nothing of responsibility or remorse. She should also know nothing of hope.”
Kevin said the only way he and his wife survived their nightmare was through the love of others.
“It’s the people of New York who wrapped their arms around us in our darkest moment — they are what make this the greatest city in the world,” he said.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance attended the sentencing, as well as at least nine jurors and alternates from the trial.
“I just needed to see the end of this. We started this together as a group, and we needed to finish it,” said juror No. 11, David Curtis, a cab driver and actor.
“The other day I found myself on the corner of 76th [Street] and Columbus [Avenue], and I just stopped,” he said, tears filling his eyes as he described looking into the lobby of the building where the murders took place.
“It’s profoundly changed the way I look at things, the way I look at the city,” he said.
Alternate juror Chloe Beck added, “When I close my eyes, when I blink, I see those children.”
Marina Krim had described on the stand walking through the family’s darkened apartment, Nessie in tow, looking for her other two children on Oct. 25, 2012.
She finally checked the kids’ bathroom and found her 6-year-old daughter’s and 2-year-old son’s blood-soaked, lifeless bodies stacked in the bathtub, and Ortega plunging a knife into her own neck.
Kevin also testified in heartbreaking detail about learning that two of his children were dead and seeing their bodies at the hospital.
Ortega’s lawyer, Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg, had argued that her client claimed to have been “touched by the devil” when she ruthlessly killed the kids and should therefore be found not guilty by reason of insanity.
But prosecutors Stuart Silberg and Courtney Groves contended Ortega had full knowledge of what she was doing, leaving behind her cellphone and hanging other important documents on a doorknob in the apartment she shared with her sister and son on the day of the slayings.
“She was putting her affairs in order. Her plan that day was to kill the Krim children and to kill herself,” Groves said in her opening statements.
Over the eight-week trial, jurors were subjected to stomach-churning photos and testimony spanning the children’s final moments, the family’s heartbreak and Ortega’s alleged descent into madness.
Medical experts testified that Lucia fought bravely and sustained more than 30 nicks, slices and stabs from Ortega. Her much-smaller brother had his throat slit from behind, the medical examiner said.
Ortega had worked for the Krims for some two years before she killed their babies. The parents hired her after a relative of Ortega’s provided them with a fabricated reference claiming Ortega had nannied for a child of hers who never existed.
The Krims have since been working on legislation that would make it illegal to falsify references for someone working in the childcare industry.
One alternate juror previously told The Post she now had trouble looking at nannies out with their charges. Another woman said she could no longer bear to take a bath.
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