Yoselyn Ortega, the 50-year-old nanny accused of killing the two young Krim children, pleaded not guilty this morning in New York City.
Handcuffed to her hospital bed, Ortega’s lawyer entered the plea during a rare court proceeding held inside New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, according to Reuters account of a pool report from the hearing.
Ortega faces first- and second-degree murder charges in the deaths of 6-year-old Lucia (Lulu) and Leo Krim, who was days from celebrating his second birthday when he died.
The nanny remains hospitalized recovering from self-inflicted stab wounds following the October 25 incident inside the Krim’s posh Upper West Side apartment.
Ortega’s next court date is January 16, The Associated Press reported.
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A judge ordered her held without bail as she undergoes psychiatric assessment.
The children’s mother, Marina, discovered the children dead inside the bathtub and Ortega bleeding.
Krim had just returned home from a swimming lesson with the family’s third child, the AP said.
As the mother entered the bathroom, Ortega stabbed herself in the neck, police told Fox News.
According to media reports, Ortega told police she was offended the Krims asked her to perform housework for extra cash.
Ortega has not admitted to killing the children, Fox News said.
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