Kevin Krim, VP CNBC Digital and Marina Krim’s nanny kills their two children kitchen knife in an Upper West Side luxury apartment Thursday evening.
The children’s mother, Marina Krim, returned home from picking up her 3-year-old daughter, Nessie, from a swimming lesson around 5:30 p.m. to find her apartment dark and seemingly empty, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. She went downstairs and asked the doorman if her two other children and nanny had left, and was told no, Kelly said.
Krim returned to the apartment and found her 2-year-old son Leo and 6-year-old daughter Lucia, who was known as Lulu, in the bathtub with multiple stab wounds, police said.
Marina Krim then came out of her second-floor apartment screaming, said Lucianne Minihan, whose husband Michael is the superintendent at 57 W. 75th St.
“The whole building heard it,” Minihan said. “She was screaming at the top of her lungs. She was screaming, ‘Help me! Help me!'”
The superintendent raced upstairs, went into the apartment and saw blood everywhere, Minihan said. He heard a strange grunting noise, looked through a bedroom doorway, and saw the nanny stabbing herself and trying to choke herself with a cloth, Minihan said. The super ran out of the apartment, closed the front door and yelled at his neighbors to call the police. He held the door closed until police came, Minihan said.
Cops later took the nanny out of the building in handcuffs; she wore a white sheet over her head, Minihan said.
The nanny was identified in media reports as Yoselyn Ortega, 50.
The horrific crime sent anguished shockwaves through a neighborhood where many parents rely on nannies to help raise their children.
“It brings to the surface the fears every parent has when leaving their children with anyone but family,” wrote an Upper West Side mom on her blog. “We can do all the background checks in the world, and we know that most caregivers are amazing and loving, but it’s the random, horrific incidents like this that stay in our heads as we walk out the door and leave our children.”
Sources identified the father as Kevin Krim, VP CNBC Digital.
The children were pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.
Cops found a kitchen knife on the bathroom floor, and Ortega was discovered unconscious on the bathroom floor, police said.
Ortega was taken to New York Hospital in critical condition with self-inflicted wounds to her throat. Marina Krim was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital for trauma, sources said.
Marina Krim kept an online diary about her family where she detailed her children’s daily lives in loving detail. The journal is loaded with smiling photos of a thriving, happy-looking family.
Marina Krim’s latest entry was made just hours before her family’s life was shattered.
“Leo speaks in the most adorable way possible,” Marina Krim wrote at 2:33 p.m. on Thursday. “Firstly, he speaks super clearly, so you can understand every word is he is saying.”
Photos in the online diary show the Krim children, who moved to New York last year from San Francisco, embracing their lives in New York, with Lulu munching on a hotdog and Nessie stopping at pay phones on Broadway to make pretend phone calls. Lulu Krim attended the dual-language Spanish program at the highly-regarded neighborhood school P.S. 87, according to the diary.
Leo, who called himself “Lito,” turned 2 on Sept. 30, according to the online journal.
“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,” Marina Krim wrote. “Ok, I’m near getting cheesy I adore this boy so much!!!”
The family had employed Ortega, nicknamed “Josie,” for at least a year, entries on the journal show. Earlier this year, the Krims visited Josie’s “amazing family” in the Dominican Republic, where the nanny’s relatives nicknamed Nessie “Rapida y Furiosa” (Fast and Furious).
Neighbors at Ortega’s Harlem apartment building were shocked by her alleged crime. Ortega has lived in the neighborhood for at least 20 years, neighbors said, and has a son in his 20s. Four sisters of Ortega’s also live in the building, neighbors said.
“She’s a nice polite woman, calm, never aggressive, a good person, never violent behavior, nothing ever extreme,” said neighbor Andre Valdez, 39. “I’m surprised, it’s absurd. I don’t even believe she would do something like this.”
Detectives left the apartment building about 11 p.m. Thursday with several of Ortega’s family members, who covered their faces with jackets.
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