NYC Nanny Murders 2 Children & Attempts Suicide In The Real Life Urban Mommy Legend

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marina krimMany parents have nannies. Many fathers have babysitters. Many mothers have childcare that they trust with their children’s lives and well-being every day. Which is why this highly disturbing and horror film-esque story of the seemingly normal nanny who just snapped will haunt parents well into Halloween. And probably beyond.

The New York Times reports that Marina Krim, a mother of three in New York City, returned to her Upper West Side apartment to discover a grisly and knee-buckling sight: her 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter dead in her bath tub with the nanny unconscious on the bathroom floor. Yoselyn Ortega, aged 50, reportedly stabbed both children to death before slitting her own wrists. Ortego is currently in a medically induced coma. The scenario under which Krim returned to her apartment is one which can be justified in a text no one saw, a missed phone call, or a simple miscommunication:

 Marina Krim, had left the two children…with the nanny…while Ms. Krim took her middle child, a 3-year-old girl, to a swimming lesson. He said that Ms. Ortega was supposed to meet Ms. Krim and the 3-year-old at a dance studio after the swimming lesson.

They never showed up, he said.

Ms. Krim, worried, walked home to the ornate prewar building where the family had lived for the last couple of years…Ms. Krim returned around 5:30 p.m., she found a dark apartment. She went to the lobby and asked the doorman if he had seen the nanny and her children. Told that they had not left the building, she returned to the apartment. She looked around in the quiet rooms. Finally, she turned on the lights in the bathroom — and saw her two children in the bathtub and the nanny unconscious on the floor…On the Upper West Side, neighbors described seeing Ms. Krim, a towel over her head, clinging to her one surviving child, being escorted by the police to a waiting ambulance. Ms. Starr said that when she saw Ms. Krim in the building’s lobby, she was in a state of shock. “She was screaming in a psychotic state,” she said. “She was not lucid.”

So far, authorities are at a loss as to why Ortego, who lived with her son, sister, and niece in Harlem, would carry out such a heinous crime. The mother herself has no criminal history nor any history of mental illness in her immediate family. And when I say nothing, I mean nothing nothing:

“No fighting with the mom, the family, the kids,” the official said. “Everybody is looking for a reason here,” the official said, adding, “We’ve got nothing bad other than the fact that she killed two children.”

“There was nothing, nothing, nothing — nothing that would indicate that there was anything going on, anything that would indicate this would occur. We’ve got nothing.”

There is talk from Ortega’s family that she may have either visited a psychologist as of late, or may have been contemplating reaching out to a professional. Some of her relatives have also suggested that she was “acting differently” in the weeks leading up to the murder. Even so, Ortego was apparently quite close with her employers. The Krim family even visited Ortego’s family in the Dominican Republic as recent as this February.

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  1. Eve Vawter

    October 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    It’s such a horribly, tragic, sad, sad story. My heart breaks for the Krim family. It’s beyond sad.

  2. MommyK

    October 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    There are no words.

  3. DeHesa Katie

    October 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    horrific.. very sad what this mom must now face and go through for the rest of her life and that of her surviving child…

  4. Andrea

    October 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Tragic. Heartbreaking. My heart bleeds for this family.

  5. halfpint513

    October 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Why is it mothers and women? Why not fathers and men? It needs to be gender neutral for all the dads out there.

  6. app

    October 27, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I think people need to go to to understand how this could have happened. The parents should sue the company that produces the “medication” that the nanny was prescribed.

  7. Lara G

    October 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Sadly, but once again we are being remembered that mental health is something to look after. Being real, most people have no idea of what mental health is. We are not educated to go to a specialist once we start sensing something is wrong as it happens with a physicall condition. And we should. So many crimes may have been prevented by just this. If we all were a bit more informed about what is mental health, what are the signs that something may go wrong, we could see it in others as well in ourselves. But all around the world, mental health and the lack of it is yet an uncomfortable subject. No one wants to get into it. And we should, we must. Please people, get informed. Governments should work on campaigns that inform people of the most common disorders and how to notice them once they start. As we are told to check up for breast cancer, we ought to be instructed about mental health.

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