An Upper West Side mom came home to a horror late yesterday. She walked into her West 75th Street apartment and found her two young children stabbed to death in the bathtub with a kitchen knife. Their nanny, who then tried to commit suicide by slitting her wrists, has been arrested in the murders.
The victims, a girl, age 6, and a boy, age 2, were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, but could not be saved. The nanny was taken to a different hospital and was listed in critical condition.
A third child, who was not at home at the time of the attack, was unharmed.
The New York Post had several additional details last night: the nanny was identified as Yoselyn Ortega, 50. The children’s mother was a pediatrician who had come home from running errands to find Ortega in a pool of blood in the kitchen. Their father was traveling out of town.
Ortega, who was is in police custody, was taken New York Presbyterian Hospital in critical but stable condition.
The New York Daily News identified the parents as Marina Krim and Kevin Krim, a executive with CNBC, the daughter as Lulu, and the son, as Leo. Marina Krim was returning home from her third child’s swim practice. The newspaper said Ortega had slit her throat rather than her wrists.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the apartment was completely dark when Marina Krim entered. She went downstairs to ask the doorman if Ortega had left with the children. Then, she found the gruesome scene in the bathroom.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 26, 2012