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The nanny charged with fatally stabbing two children she cared for on the Upper West

Side of Manhattan pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Wednesday from her hos-

pital bed.

The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, 50, has been hospitalized at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill

Cornell Medical Center since the evening of Oct. 25, when the children were found dead

in a luxury apartment building a block from Central Park.  Ms. Ortega’s hands were

handcuffed under a white blanket and her hair pulled under a blue hairnet, according

to a pool report by The Associated Press, the only news organization allowed to witness

 the 10-minute proceeding.  Her lawyer, Valerie Leer-Greenberg, entered the plea on

Ms. Ortega’s behalf. The police charged Ms. Ortega with first-degree murder on Nov. 3,

delaying the charges because she was intubated and unable to speak as she received

treatment for self-inflicted knife wounds to her throat and wrists.  On Wednesday,

Ms. Ortega was wearing a neck brace and still had part of the apparatus of a tracheot-

omy in her throat. She did not speak, though a Spanish interpreter described the pro-

ceeding to her. Her lawyer told the judge that she was still too frail to be discharged

from the hospital.  “She is in a very debilitated condition,” Ms. Leer-Greenberg said.

Judge Stone ordered that Ms. Ortega be held without bail and undergo a psychiatric

evaluation as to her competency to stand trial. He also ordered that she be placed on

suicide watch.  The police have said that the children’s mother, Marina Krim, re-

turned home from a swimming lesson last month with her 3-year-old daughter to

find Ms. Ortega in the bathroom stabbing herself in the throat and Ms. Krim’s other

 two children — Lucia Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2 — in the bathtub dying from knife

wounds.  “This crime shocked and horrified parents around the city, many of whom

entrust their children to the care of others both by necessity and by choice,” said

Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney.  Relatives of the Krims said they

 had treated Ms. Ortega as a member of their family and would even pay for her to

travel to the Dominican Republic so Ms. Ortega could visit her family while the

Krims went on vacation.  But Ms. Ortega told detectives that she resented how the

parents always told her what to do, a law enforcement official said this month. Re-

latives and friends of Ms. Ortega have said that they had seen signs of her unraveling

lately, and that she had sought help from a mental health professional.

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The New York City mother who came home to find her two young children allegedly

stabbed to death by a trusted nanny, then watched helplessly as the woman knifed her-

self in the throat and slit her wrists, police said today.

At a press conference today, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the nanny Yoselyn

Ortega, 50, remains on a breathing tube after being rushed to a hospital Thursday

evening, and has yet to be interviewed by cops or formally charged.  Kelly, and neigh-

bors who knew the woman for years, said Ortega had no known history of mental ill-

ness.  “I’m in shock. It’s out of this world. There was nothing to make me think she

would do this. Nothing,” said Marcelina Lovera, a neighbor who lived in the same Har-

lem apartment building where Ortega and her son resided.  The nanny, a naturalized

U.S. citizen who was born in the Dominican Republic, worked for the Krim family for

two years and had been referred to them by another family, the police commissioner

said.  Ortega lives with her son and her sister. They are cooperating with police, Kelly

said.  Outside the luxury building where the victims’ lived, neighbors have created a

makeshift memorial, laying flowers and leaving condolence messages for the dis-

traught mother, Marina Krim and her husband Kevin Krim.

“We are weeping with you,” read one note left outside the La Rochelle apartment

building on Manhattan’s affluent Upper West Side.  Marina Krim came home

Thursday evening around 5:30 p.m., after taking her 3-year-old to a swim class

at the YMCA. She arrived home to a dark and quiet apartment and initially

thought the nanny had taken the children out.  Upon entering a bathroom, Mar-

ina discovered Ortega and her two other children Lucia, 6, and 2-year-old Leo

dead in a bathtub filled with blood, authorities said.  It was at that moment that

Ortega is believed to have slashed herself, Kelly said.  Ortega is in critical but sta-

ble condition and has no criminal record, police said.  A preliminary police invest-

igation had not yet yielded a possible motive for the deaths.  The children’s father,

a CNBC executive, was on a business trip in San Francisco at the time of the mur-

ders. He flew home Thursday night and police picked him up at the airport and

rushed him to his family, authorities said.  A neighbor who lives on the same floor

 in the building at 57 W. 75th St. near Columbus Avenue told the AP that she heard

 screams around 5:30 p.m.  “There was some kind of screaming about, ‘You slit

her throat!’ It was horrible,” said the neighbor, Rima Starr, a music therapist.

After police arrived, she told AP, the mother remained in the building’s lobby,

 screaming hysterically and clutching her surviving child.  “[The mother was]

crying out ‘What am I going to do with the rest of my life? My life is ruined. I

have no children, I have no children,’” neighbor Herbert Klein said.  Klein said

he had met the nanny in the apartment building: “Once, I had the opportunity

to say good morning cheerfully, and got no reply.”  On a webpage devoted to a

recent family wedding, the couple’s daughter, nicknamed Lulu, was described

as loving “art projects, ballet and all things princess.” Her younger brother

was said to be just learning how to walk.  Neighbors described the Krims as a

vibrant, happy family.  “Young family. Busy family. Parties all the time and they

have friends coming over,” Klein said.  “A member of the CNBC family has suff-

ered an unimaginable loss. The sadness that we all feel for Kevin, Marina and

 their family is without measure. Our thoughts, prayers and unwavering sup-

port are with them all, Comcast and NBC Universal said in a statement Friday

morning.

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NEW YORK – 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 Live-

Journal. “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 bath-

tub 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 Hos-

pital 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 em-

pty 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 coll-

ecting 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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Marina Krim – mother of the kids in shock and distraught (above)

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A deranged nanny stabbed to death a media executive’s two young kids inside a

posh upper West Side apartment Thursday— and then slit her throat in a botched

suicide attempt, police said.

The children’s mother, Marina Krim, walked into her W. 75th St. apartment about

5:25 p.m. and found a scene of unimaginable horror: her 6-year-old daughter and

2-year-old son lying motionless in a blood-soaked bathtub. Each had multiple stab

wounds.  On the floor beside them was the kids’ critically injured nanny, Yoselyn

Ortega, and the kitchen knife used to carry out the heinous attack, police said.

Krim, who had arrived home with her 3-year-old daughter, immediately started

wailing — her piercing shrieks echoing outsidethe eight-story building known as

the La Rochelle.  “I could hear really loud, hysterical screaming — world-class

screaming,” said an elderly neighbor, who lives down the hall from the Krim fam-

ily on the second floor. “I didn’t want to go out of my apartment.”

The neighbor said he eventually opened his door and spotted his super standing

outside the family’s door.  “He’s also screaming at the top of his lungs,” the neigh-

bor said. “He said, ‘The kids are dead! The kids are dead! And the nanny has

something sticking out of her throat!’”

The children, Lulu and Leo, were rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital. The 50-year-old

nanny was also taken to St. Luke’s with wounds to her neck and throat. The

nanny, who has not yet been charged, was listed in critical but stable condition.

“It’s about the worst thing you can hear or imagine,” NYPD spokesman Paul

Browne said.

It was unclear where the children’s father — Kevin Krim, CNBC’s general man-

ager of digital content — was when the kids were found.  Police said Marina

Krim discovered the bodies after she returned home from her 3-year-old

daughter’s swimming practice.   The apartment was pitch-black and dead quiet,

prompting Krim to go downstairs and ask a doorman if he saw the nanny leave

 with her kids, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.  After the doorman

said no, she went back upstairs, walked into the blood-spattered bathroom

 and started screaming.

“I heard a lot of screams, wailings coming from inside,” said Johnny Din, 29,

who lives on the block. “It was really loud and scary.”

Neighbor Sandy Marcus said the mother “looked beyond frantic.”

“She came home and found all of this,” said Marcus, who lives on the third

floor, one floor above the crime scene. “She was very distressed.”

“It’s just unbelievable,” said Charles Zimmerman, who lives on the third floor.

Hordes of cops stormed the building after the mother’s neighbor heard her

screams and dialed 911. Marina Krim was seen afterward being escorted into

an ambulance.

“She was mumbling words, incoherent,” said Stephanie Herman, 58. “I can’t

imagine experiencing something like this. “This is a very family-oriented area.

You see moms and their strollers a lot. Many people hire nannies here. This is

everyone’s worst nightmare.”

It was unclear how long the nanny had worked for the family or what set her

off, cops said.  The police would not say how many times the childrenhad been

stabbed.  The La Rochelle — a prewar, 81-unit building boasting white-gloved

doormen and a lobby bathed in marble — is less than a block from Central Park.

Three-bedroom apartments rent for nearly$11,000 a month.  The barbaric

crime in one of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods left neighbors horrified.

“It’s awful. It makes me sick to my stomach,” said Jill Pace, 27, who lives in the

 area. “I can’t even look at the building. You have to wonder what goes through

someone’s mind to do such a horrible thing.” Segundo Mores, 48, said that the

murderswill likely make parents more vigilantwhen screening nannies. 

“Obviously, parents need to do criminaland even psychological background-

checks,” Mores said. “These are your kids. Your most precious possession.

Oftentimes, people hire nannies from word of mouth. That is not going to be

enough anymore.” 

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