Yoselyn Ortega: Nanny Charged in Lucia and Leo Krim Murders

Ortega has recovered from allegedly self-inflicted wounds and has been formally charged

By Raluca Anghel on November 5th, 2012 09:09 GMT

NYPD has charged Yoselyn Ortega, a nanny in NYC, with two count of first-degree, and two of second-degree murder in the Krim children case. ABC News reports on the police statement, issued after the nanny's arrest on Saturday.

“Yoselyn Ortega, age 50, was tonight arrested and charged with two counts each of murder in the first and second degrees in the stabbing deaths on October 25 of two children in her care, Lucia Krim, 6, and her brother, Leo, who would have turned 2 years of age five days later on October 30,” New York Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said.

Yoselyn Ortega is believed to have attempted suicide after taking the lives of the children she was looking after. As we reported at the time, 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother Leo were found in the bath tub, in a puddle of blood, by mother Marina Krim.

She was found lying next to the Krim children, on October 25, with stab wounds on her neck, in critical condition, and was immediately hospitalized at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.

“[She] 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 ... at 6:06 p.m., Ortega was formerly arrested and charged with murdering both children,” the police spokesman added.

Police analyzed the evidence at the scene, and concluded that Ortega's wounds were self-inflicted. A kitchen knife, which was identified as the murder weapon, was found next to her, on the floor.

Dominican Republic born Ortega had been with the Krims for two years. Neighbors have stated that the nanny was working 12 hours a day, was tired and had run into financial difficulties the days before the terrifying crimes.
Yoselyn Ortega had been the Krim's nanny for two years; she is pictured here with her father and two Krim kids - Nessie and Lucia
   Yoselyn Ortega had been the Krim's nanny for two years; she is pictured here with her father and two Krim kids - Nessie and Lucia
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