An Upper West Side nanny remains hospitalized in critical condition after police say she fatally stabbed two children that were in her care Thursday before trying to take her own life. NY1's Vivian Lee filed the following report.
People wiped away tears and laid flowers and stuffed animals Friday in front of the West 75th Street apartment building that was the scene of an unthinkable crime the day before.
"I have two young children myself, and this just hits really close to home," said one person.
On Thursday evening, Marina Krim came home and found her 6-year-old daughter Lulu and her 2-year-old son Leo stabbed to death in the bathtub.
Police said the children's nanny, 50-year-old Yoselyn Ortega, appeared to try to stab herself to death as her employer walked in.
"Information is coming out that that she did it as the mother entered the bathroom," Kelly said.
The Krims' online blog includes pictures and stories of a happy family trip to Ortega's native Dominican Republic. A resident at the Manhattanville apartment building where Ortega lived with her son, sister and niece, said the nanny only ever spoke of how fond she and the Krims were of each other.
"The family of the kids trust her so much," he said. "Look, she was able to fly with the kids to the island."
Tailor Yun Park remembers measuring little Leo for alterations just a few weeks ago.
"He was moving around. We were having a hard time fitting his pants and jacket," Park said. "Husband, wife, dog, three beautiful kids. What could you ask for more?"
Some nannies and parents in this family-packed neighborhood were horrified that a trust many place in caregivers might be so unimaginably betrayed.
"Honestly, I never had a background check done on me because it was all word of mouth," said one person. "It was extremely trustworthy."
Crisis counselors were sent to Lulu's school. Parents there were visibly shaken.
Commissioner Kelly says Ortega had worked for the Krims for two years and is a US citizen. He also said she has no known history of violence and there was no indication of anything amiss before the children were killed.