NY nanny accused of killing kids appears in court

March 8, 2013
Miladys Ortega shows a photograph of her sister, Yoselyn Ortega, front center, taken some time between 1985 and 1990, at her home in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Yoselyn Ortega, a 50-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, is accused of stabbing to death two children in her care at a New York Upper West Side apartment on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Yoselyn Ortega was in critical condition Friday with what police said were self-inflicted knife wounds, and investigators were unable to question her, in part because she was still breathing with the help of a tube. (AP Photo/Manuel Morel)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York nanny charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two small children under her care has appeared in court for the first time.

Yoselyn Ortega was hospitalized for weeks with stab wounds police said were self-inflicted after the Oct. 25 killings. She was arraigned at the hospital in November but has since been released. She appeared in court Friday wearing glasses and her hair in braids.

Lawyers say psychiatric evaluations for Ortega are not complete, and they need more time to review medical records to determine whether she is fit for trial.

Authorities say Ortega stabbed 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother, Leo, while the children's mother was out with a third child.

The three were found in the bathroom of the Upper West Side apartment.