On October 25, Marina Krim entered her Upper West Side apartment to find two of her children, Lucia, 6, and Leo, 2, stabbed multiple times in a bathroom tub. Their nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, allegedly attacked them before turning the knife on herself. While the children died shortly after, Ortega was hospitalized for her wounds but has been unable to talk to police—until today. Police just announced they charged the 50-year-old with two counts each of first and second degree murder.
The NYPD's spokesman, Paul Browne said in a statement, "No longer intubated and recuperating from what appeared to be wounds she inflicted on herself at the crime scene, Ortega agreed to talk to New York City detectives this afternoon in a bedside interview at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she had been under police guard since the double homicide in the bathroom of apartment 2 FG at 587 West 75th St, in Manhattan. After the interview, at 6:06 p.m. today, Ortega was formally arrested and charged with murdering both children."
The Krims, whose third child, a 3-year-old daughter named Nessie, had been with the mother and therefore survived, reportedly had a very warm relationship with Ortega, even visiting her relatives in the Dominican Republic. Ortega's friends and family had said she loved the Krims, but seemed stressed over finances and had to move herself and her teen son in with her sister (she had been renting a Bronx apartment, but the original tenant returned and kicked her out).
The Post reported on Friday that Ortega may have been upset by the Krims' concern that she wasn't doing a good job: "In Ortega’s brief statement to police, she said her employers had arranged to give her an extra five hours a week in housekeeping work to help her make more money, law-enforcement sources said. But she griped that the new schedule interfered with her doctor’s appointments. 'They were asking her to clean, to do housework. She was unhappy about that,' the source added." Also, the source said, "She was told that if she didn’t improve her work, she would be let go," and "There was friction between her and the family."
Ortega remains hospitalized under police guard.