A New York City woman who worked as a nanny for an Upper West Side couple in Manhattan was charged with multiple counts of murder for allegedly killing two of their children, police said.
Yoselyn Ortega, 50, was charged Nov. 3 with two counts each of first-degree and second-degree murder for the Oct. 25 killings of the children, who were in her care. Lucia Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2, were killed in the bathroom of their parents’ apartment on West 75th Street, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said in an e-mailed statement. Ortega faces possible life imprisonment if convicted.
She was formally arrested after agreeing to an interview with detectives at her bedside at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, where she had been held since the killings while recovering from what police said appeared to be self-inflicted wounds. Ortega remains hospitalized and under police guard, Browne said.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to immediately comment on possible court proceedings against Ortega, who may be arraigned in her hospital room by a state judge if she isn’t able to appear in court. It was unclear if she had retained a defense lawyer.
Ortega, a naturalized U.S. citizen from the Dominican Republic, had been in the U.S. for 10 years and worked for the Krims for two years, according to New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. She lived in Upper Manhattan with her son, her sister and her sister’s daughter.
On the day of the killings, the children’s mother, Marina Krim, had gone to a neighborhood YMCA for swimming lessons with her 3-year-old daughter, police said. She was supposed to meet the nanny and the two other children at a dance studio later in the evening, according to Kelly.
When the nanny didn’t appear, the mother went to the apartment and found her son, Leo, and daughter, Lucia, in the bathroom with stab wounds to their bodies, said Browne. When the mother entered the bathroom, the nanny started to stab herself, Browne said. Police said they found Ortega was on the bathroom floor with a knife next to her.
The two children were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. The nanny was taken to New York Presbyterian, where she had been intubated and unable to speak until last week, when she agreed to discuss the matter with detectives, police said.
The children’s father, Kevin Krim, worked at Bloomberg LP until last year when he joined CNBC as general manager for digital. Detectives met Krim, who was on his way back to the city from a business trip, at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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