(NEW YORK) — The New York City Police Department has released the names of two children who were allegedly stabbed to death by their nanny in the family’s Upper West Side apartment.
The bodies of 6-year-old Lucia Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim were discovered in a bathtub by their mother on Thursday. Their nanny was found lying unconscious nearby with apparently self-inflicted stab wounds to her neck, the NYPD said.
Both children were taken to a local hospital that evening and pronounced dead.
The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, 50, is in critical but stable condition at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she is in custody, according to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time.
A preliminary police investigation had not yet yielded a possible motive for the deaths.
The children’s father, Kevin Krim, a CNBC executive, was on a business trip in San Francisco at the time of the murders. He flew home Thursday night and police picked him up at the airport and rushed him to his family, authorities said.
The children’s mother, Marina Krim, and her other child, a 3-year-old daughter, were returning from a swimming lesson to the luxury La Rochelle apartment building on the city’s affluent Upper West Side at approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters. When they found the second-floor apartment dark, she went back downstairs and asked the doorman if the nanny had left with the other children only to be told that was not the case.
She went back upstairs and discovered her two children stabbed in the tub. The nanny was found on the bathroom floor with stab wounds to her neck, and a kitchen knife was close by, police said. The mother’s screams could be heard emanating from the apartment, Kelly said.
No charges have been filed and the investigation proceeded “aggressively,” Kelly said, but the “operating assumption” was that the nanny’s wounds were self-inflicted.
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