Nanny arrested for killing kids

2012-11-04 14:07

New York - The nanny who police say stabbed to death two children in her care before trying to kill herself was charged on Saturday with murder.

Yoselyn Ortega had recovered from her wounds enough by Saturday to be interviewed by police in her hospital bed at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Centre. After the interview, she was formally charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder.

Police didn't know if Ortega had a lawyer.

Police say that on the evening of 25 October, while the children's mother was out with a third child, Ortega repeatedly stabbed 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother, Leo.

When their mother, Marina Krim, returned with her 3-year-old daughter, she found their bodies in the bathtub, with Ortega lying on the bathroom floor with stab wounds to her neck. A kitchen knife was nearby.

The children's father, CNBC digital media executive Kevin Krim, had been away on a business trip when the killings occurred.

The couple's apartment building sits in one of the city's most idyllic neighbourhoods, a block from Central Park, near the Museum of Natural History and blocks from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The neighbourhood is home to many affluent families, and seeing children accompanied by nannies is an everyday part of life there.

Some of Ortega's friends and relatives said she appeared to be struggling emotionally and financially recently, but they still couldn't believe she could have committed such a heinous act.

  • chris.phago - 2012-11-04 17:09

    I won't get nanny 4 my children\the hand that receive kills kidz.MMe wa o hloka leshoko\siis

  • kimard - 2012-11-04 18:58

    "trusted their lives a complete stranger, a woman who was having all sorts of mental troubles? " a complete stranger can have an excellent resume right? a person can appear normal for years and sometimes only need a little something to trigger them off - so its rather hard to tell on face value or resume for that matter try do your necessary shopping with three small children - i bet they will drive you up the wall do the thing outside the box - to assume the trip to the mall was just for fun hmmm... assumptions is the mother of all ef-ups

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