Krim Family Murders

Doctor: Killer Nanny Has brain damage but still fit to stand trial

Photo of Yoselyn Ortega Photo / AP  - Manuel MorelAccused killer nanny Yoselyn Ortega may have brain damage from slitting her own throat, but she is fit to stand trial, according to testimony Thursday from a doctor who evaluated the 50-year-old nanny according to a report from the New York Daily News.

Dr. Ankur Saraiya testified as part of an ongoing competency hearing that began in June and resumed this week.

“She had some possible impairment,” Saraiya testified, adding that “[my] own assessment was it was not severe enough to interfere with her fitness.”
Ortega was found fit to stand trial by Saraiya and another court appointed doctor, but Ortega’s attorney, Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg, argues that her brain damage and reported history of auditory hallucinations indicate that her client is not fit to stand trial.

Ortega is charged with murdering six-year-old Lucia Krim and her two-year-old brother Leo while babysitting them in their Upper West Side apartment.

The competency hearing is expected to resume Monday, August 12.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

Source: AP

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