Gruesome photos have emerged of inside the bloodied crime scene where a New York nanny allegedly stabbed to death two young children in her care.
Yoselyn Ortega, 55, is currently on trial charged with murdering siblings Leo and Lucia Krim in their Upper West Side apartment back in October 2012.
Jurors were shown the horrific photos of evidence from the crime scene in court this week before they were released by the New York District Attorney on Thursday.
Ortega, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, refused to look and stared straight ahead when the photos were shown to the court.
Photos of a bloodied knife wrapped in a towel in the hallway and blood spattered on the floor and walls were among the images shown.
Gruesome photos have emerged of inside the bloodied crime scene where New York nanny Yoselyn Ortega allegedly stabbed to death two young children in her care
Photos of two bloodied knives were shown to jurors in court this week before the evidence photos were released by the New York District Attorney on Thursday
Other images, which have not been released publicly, showed a bloody knife in the bathroom sink just inches from a pink child’s toothbrush.
Jurors were also shown photos of the blood-spattered bathroom where the bodies of the children were found with their eyes open.
The bottom of the bathtub was almost entirely red.
At least two jurors wiped away tears as they took in the horror images, while others gasped and held their faces.
The photos were taken roughly seven hours after mother Marina Krim found her children’s bodies and saw Ortega stabbing herself in the neck.
Prosecutors say two-year-old Leo was stabbed five times and his six-year-old sister Lucia, also known as Lulu, was stabbed 30 times after she fought back.
Ortega had allegedly grabbed the two kitchen knives and butchered the children while their mother was blocks away at a dance studio where Lulu was supposed to be.
Yoselyn Ortega, 55, is currently on trial (above in court on Friday) charged with murdering siblings Leo and Lucia Krim in their Upper West Side apartment back in October 2012
Oretega stabbed six-year-old Lulu (left) and two-year-old Leo (right) multiple times in the neck and torso in the bathroom of their apartment
One knife used in the stabbing murders was found in the bathroom sink just inches from a pink child’s toothbrush
Prosecutors say that Ortega waited until Marina had found her children dead in the bathroom before plunging a knife into her own neck so that she could relish in the devastated woman’s pain and horror.
Ortega was supposed to pick up Lulu from kindergarten and walk her to dance class before going home to put Leo down for nap. The children’s mother had taken her other daughter, three-year-old Nessie, to a swimming class.
Marina had shown up to the dance studio to pick up LuLu and panicked when she noticed her daughter wasn’t there.
She frantically texted Ortega: ‘Where’s Lulu… Donde Estas… Where are you’ but Oretga never answered.
Ortega faces a minimum of 20 years imprisonment if she is convicted and could be jailed for life without parole.
One bloodied knife was found wrapped in a towel in the hallway on top of a toy refrigerator
Photos of a bloodied knife wrapped in a towel in the hallway (top of image) and blood spattered on the floor and walls were among the images shown
Two kitchen knives were used in the stabbing attack. The images were taken inside the apartment roughly seven hours after mother Marina Krim found her children’s bodies
A therapist who saw Ortega days before the stabbing occurred testified on Thursday that the nanny hadn’t appeared suicidal or murderous during their session.
Dr Thomas Caffrey told the court Ortega had booked her first and only appointment with him on October 22, 2012, to discuss a variety of different issues including anxiety, depression, and guilt.
Ortega has claimed she heard voices and was ‘touched by the devil’, which drove her to kill the young children.
But Caffrey said there was ‘no evidence’ that the nanny suffered from delusions or hallucinations.
Prosecutors have challenged Ortega’s claims she was suffering from mental health issues and believe she was jealous of the children’s mother who had offered her more money if she did some housework.
In her first statement to police following the murders, Ortega allegedly complained about the children’s mother, the New York Post reports.
‘I had to do everything and take care of the kids,’ she said when she woke up in hospital two days after the attack.
‘I worked as babysitter only and she (Krim) wanted me to do everything so wanted 5 hours of cleaning every week.
‘When I got things wrong she would make a grunting, gargling sound. She would tap on the railing. She would show frustration. Even small facial expressions, she would make.’
Ortega, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, refused to look and stared straight ahead when the photos taken inside the apartment were shown to the court
A police sketch showing where the bodies were found (left) and a text message exchange from Marina Krim and Joselyn Ortega (right) were also shown to the couty