Lulu Krim, 6 and 2-year-old Leo Krim were stabbed to death and left in a bathtub by their nanny Yoselyn Ortega, 50
An Upper West Side mother arrived home to find her two young children fatally stabbed Thursday afternoon.
The children’s nanny was arrested and charged with the heinous crime. The critically injured 50-year-old nanny, who police said stabbed herself in the throat, was brought out of a luxury, pre-war building that is now a murder scene unlike any residents of the neighborhood can remember.
The nanny was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she is in critical condition and under arrest, Browne said. She has not yet been charged and is unable to communicate with investigators, CBS 2′s Dave Carlin reported.
The incident occurred inside an apartment building called “La Rochelle” on 75th Street near Columbus Avenue.
Authorities said the children’s mother — identified as Marina Krim — was holding her 3-year-old daughter when she found her two other children, 6-year-old Lulu and 2-year-old Leo, stabbed to death in a bathtub.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Thursday night that the mother arrived home to find the lights in the apartment out. She then went down to the lobby to check with the doorman to find out whether the nanny had taken the children out.
However, when he said “no,” the mother went back to her apartment, turned on the lights and found two of her children dead, 1010 WINS’ Eileen Lehpamer reported.
“She goes looking for her children, enters the bathroom and finds her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son stabbed to death in the tub. On the floor of the tub is a nanny, who apparently had inflicted wounds on her throat,” Kelly said.
A neighbor witnessed the distraught mother outside the family’s second-floor apartment and called 911.
“Her screams were heard by a neighbor, who alerted police, who arrived and found the children dead,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said.
Marina Krim was hospitalized for trauma Thursday night. Her husband had just returned from a business trip and was reportedly told the devastating news at the airport.
“It’s unbelievable, unbelievable. I can’t imagine what the mother is feeling,” neighbor Charles Zimmerman said.
It is unclear how long the Nanny worked for the Krim family.
“You got a feeling that there were a lot of kids in that apartment and friends over and always a lot of children running around,” neighbor Sandy Marcus said.
Just hours before finding her 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter stabbed to death next to their unconscious nanny on Thursday night, Marina Krim posted a new entry to a personal blog that for years had followed her children's lives in intimate detail.
"Leo speaks in the most adorable way possible," Krim wrote on the site LiveJournal. "He never uses 'No' alone, it's always paired with 'thank you.'"
Krim discovered the bodies of Leo, 2, and Lucia, 6, in a blood-spattered bathtub after returning home with another daughter to the family's luxury Upper West Side apartment Thursday night. On the floor next to the tub was the nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, who police said had slashed her own throat after apparently stabbing the children.
The blog indicates that Ortega, 50, had been the family's nanny for at least several months.
The children were rushed to St. Luke's Hospital where they were pronounced dead shortly after. Krim was taken to the same hospital for trauma, police said.
Krim was unable to answer many of the police's questions last night, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
"Obviously the mother was very distraught," Kelly said.
The nanny was rushed to New York-Cornell Hospital where she was in critical but stable condition Thursday. Ortega was arrested when police arrived at the apartment but no formal charges have been filed.
Police say Krim and her other daughter, Nessie, 3, came home to the La Rochelle at 57 W. 75th St. to a dark and apparently empty apartment around 5:30 p.m.
"She's assuming that the nanny maybe had gone out with the children," said Kelly.
According to police accounts, Krim returned to the lobby and asked the doorman if he had seen them leave. He said no and Krim returned to the apartment, passing through each room. She went into the bathroom and turned on the lights, revealing the grisly scene.
Neighbors reported hearing heart-wrenching screams, police said.
Kevin Krim, the children's father, was notified upon returning last night from a business trip to San Francisco. The CNBC executive was taken to St. Luke's, where he and his wife remained overnight.
Police said they have not determined a motive for the attack, but that the investigation is ongoing.
From Krim's blog, it appears that the family had visited Ortega, whom she calls "Josie," in the Dominican Republic in February.
"We spent the past 9 days in the Dominican Republic. We spent half the time at our nanny, Josie's sisters home in Santiago," Krim wrote. "We met Josie's amazing familia!!! And the Dominican Republic is a wonderful country!! More pics to come!!"
Krim chronicled nearly every aspect of life with her children in her blog, posting pictures of them eating hot dogs, taking naps and playing. The blog is currently offline, as of this writing.
Two weeks ago, Krim wrote how Leo, who called himself "Lito," loved collecting acorns and riding the bus.
"One of the best parts of my day is after I drop both girls off at school and have 3 precious hours with little Lito all to myself," Krim wrote on Oct. 12 "Ok, I'm near getting cheesy I adore this boy so much!!!"
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