'Killer' Nanny Yoselyn Ortega Hit With First-Degree Murder Charges

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'Killer' Nanny Yoselyn Ortega

The Upper West Side nanny accused of brutally stabbing two children in her care has been formally indicted on first-degree murder charges -- a charge reserved for the state's most heinous criminals, including those who murder cops and judges.

In addition to the two first-degree murder charges, 50-year-old Yoselyn Ortega was hit with two second-degree murder charges for the October slayings of Lucia and Leo Krim, ages 6 and 2, respectively.

After allegedly murdering the two children, Ortega attempted to take her own life by slashing her own throat. She's been hospitalized ever since, and was arraigned this morning at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

According to authorities, on October 25, Ortega fatally stabbed the two kids in their West 75th Street apartment. They were found in a bloody bathtub by their mother, Marina Krim.

"Yoselyn Ortega is charged with taking the lives of two innocent children who were incapable of defending themselves," said District Attorney Vance. "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. My heart goes out to the family of those beautiful young children, and I hope that, with time, this family will heal."

In addition to cop/judge killers, first-degree murder is reserved for serial killers, those who commit murders deemed cruel and wanton, and -- like in Ortega's case -- cases where there are multiple victims.

The case is being tried by Assistant District Attorney Stuart Silberg.

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