The Latest: Prosecutors: Slaying planned; Defense: Madness

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The Latest: Prosecutors: Slaying planned; Defense: Madness
FILE- In this March 8, 2013 file photo, Yoselyn Ortega, center, charged with the stabbing deaths of two small children under her care, is escorted to her seat for her first court appearance in New York. Opening arguments begin Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Ortega's murder trial in the Oct. 25, 2012, deaths of siblings Lulu and Leo Krim. (Susan Watts/The Daily News via AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a New York City nanny accused of stabbing two children to death in their Manhattan apartment (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

Prosecutors say the trusted nanny of a well-to-do Manhattan family waited until she was alone with two children, selected two kitchen knives and then led the children to a bathroom where she slaughtered them.

A trial began Thursday for Yoselyn Ortega (YOH’-sih-lihn ohr-TAY’-guh).

A defense lawyer says the slayings were an act of madness. But prosecutors argue that Ortega planned to kill 2-year-old Leo Krim and 6-year-old Lucia Krim in October 2012.

The motive remains unclear and prosecutors say it may never be known.

The children’s mother discovered their bodies in the apartment. She’s expected to testify.

The killings touched a nerve in the city where thousands of parents rely on nannies to keep their children safe.

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12:05 a.m.

A New York City nanny accused of stabbing two small children to death in the bathroom of their Manhattan apartment is heading to trial.

The trial is slated to begin Thursday for Yoselyn Ortega (YOH’-sih-lihn ohr-TAY’-guh).

She’s accused of killing 2-year-old Leo Krim and 6-year-old Lucia Krim in October 2012.

Ortega has pleaded not guilty. Her lawyer is expected to argue that she’s not responsible for the crime because she was too mentally ill to understand what she was doing.

The motive remains unclear and prosecutors say it may never be known.

The children’s mother discovered their bodies in the apartment. She’s expected to testify.

The killings touched a nerve in the city where thousands of parents rely on nannies to keep their children safe.