Prosecutor says nanny ‘intentionally’ stabbed kids to death

An Upper West Side nanny who barbarically stabbed and slashed two kids to death in 2012 had full control over her mind when she carried out the unthinkable horror, a prosecutor argued Monday.

“She did it intentionally with a full understanding of exactly what it was she was doing,” Assistant District Attorney Stuart Silberg said in summations at the first-degree murder trial of 55-year-old nightmare nanny Yoselyn Ortega.

“Every stab, every slash — each one had a purpose and that purpose was to end the lives of those children,” Silberg added.

Ortega admits to fatally wounding little Lulu and Leo Krim, 6 and 2, in their family’s W. 75th St. home on Oct. 25, 2012, but her lawyers claim she was in the midst of a “psychotic” and “dissociative” state and cannot be held legally accountable for her actions.

Silberg — in his final chance to address the jury after an emotional two-month trial — said Ortega simply simmered and stewed over her personal failures and compared her luck to that of Marina Krim, the doting, now devastated mother of the victims.

She plotted to kill the Krim kids in a depraved bid to spite their mom and tried to end her own life, but failed at that bit.

“It was never her intent to be sitting in this courtroom with a jury being asked to hold her responsible,” Silberg argued in front of a packed courtroom that included the victims’ father, Kevin Krim.

“Unfortunately, she survived, not the children, and so she’s here and you have to listen to this evidence and you have to decide what her state of mind was,” Silberg told the panelists.

The prosecutor pointed to the steps the suspect took before the slayings to argue she was not psychotic — and she had set out to kill.

Ortega left her important documents for her sister and put aside a bag of family heirlooms for her son, Jesus, on the fateful day, the ADA argued.

She also took a roundabout route to the apartment with Lulu and Leo in tow in order to avoid running into Marina Krim and the family’s middle child, Nessie, then 3, who were on their way to a swim lesson.

An encounter with Marina Krim would have derailed her alleged plan because she was supposed to take Lulu to dance class from school — not back to the family home.

Once in the apartment, Ortega engaged in a “death struggle” with Lulu, who mightily fought back until Ortega cut her throat, Silberg said. The doomed little girl suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, many of which were defensive.

Ortega changed course when she went after Lulu’s kid brother, Leo — going first for his neck and ending his life quickly, the prosecutor said.

That logic in the perverted plan is actually a giveaway that she was in control of herself, the prosecutor argued.

Earlier in the day, Ortega’s attorney argued that only mental illness could explain the woman’s frenzied stabbing spree.

“The reason for the defendant’s actions lay within her delusional mind,” lawyer Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg told a Manhattan Supreme Court jury.

Leo and Lulu were murdered by Yoselyn Ortega.

Leo and Lulu were murdered by Yoselyn Ortega.

(Manhattan District Attorney’s Office)

“The lack of the defendant’s apparent motive is the hallmark of her mental illness.”

Ortega’s defense team concedes the nanny killed the Krim children.

But defense experts argued she was suffering from a severe psychiatric episode during the attack on the children and afterward, when she tried to cut her own throat.

There was “no rational motive for the stabbing of two children, Lulu and Leo,” Van Leer-Greenberg told the jury, pointing to testimony from relatives and witnesses that Ortega’s symptoms developed over time — and worsened in the weeks before the slayings.

“Mental leakage or collapse does not announce itself like a bad cough or a constant limp,” she argued. “Sometimes it sneaks up and nestles deep within before anyone takes notice.”

The defense claims Ortega can’t be held legally responsible for the heinous slayings.

Prosecutors say she was increasingly depressed and anxious ahead of the rampage, but she was not psychotic.

Ortega’s trial opened March 1. She faces life in prison if convicted, but if the jury accepts her insanity defense, she could spend the rest of her life in a psychiatric facility.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday. 

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