NEW YORK — New York police have charged a nanny with murder in the stabbing deaths of two children last month.
Police interviewed 50-year-old Yoselyn Ortega as she continued to recover from self-inflicted stab wounds. They charged her in her hospital bed Saturday night with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder.
Investigators said Ortega fatally stabbed 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother, Leo, on Oct. 25 in the children’s Upper West Side apartment. She then stabbed herself, police said.
A third child was with their mother when the slayings occurred. The mother returned home to discover her children dead and Ortega bleeding.
The police said they had delayed charging Ortega for more than a week because she was intubated and unable to speak as doctors treated wounds she received when she stabbed herself in the throat and slashed her wrists.
Ortega talked with New York detectives Saturday afternoon from her bed at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was under police guard.
Police declined to give information on a motive.
On the day of the killing, the children’s mother, Marina Krim, returned home in the early evening with her 3-year-old daughter to find her two other children dead in the bathtub. As Krim walked into the bathroom, police said, Ortega plunged a kitchen knife into her own throat.
Ortega, who police said was a naturalized US citizen from the Dominican Republic, had been referred to the Krims by a family friend and had worked for them for about two years.