Dominican Nanny Kills Children on Upper West Side in New York - UPDATE, Not Guilty??!!
NYdailynews.com - A woman mourns outside the Krims' apartment, where flowers have been left at a memorial.

 

They treated their nanny like gold — and she repaid them in blood.


The grandmother of the two upper West Side kids allegedly butchered by their baby-sitter says the family “bent over backwards” for the caretaker — even paying for Yoselyn Ortega’s trips back to her native Dominican Republic.

From day one — after the nanny’s sister Celia Ortega made the deadly introduction that led the suspected killer to the children — the Krims treated “Yosi” like one of their own.

“They were always doing things that were just fabulous for her,” Karen Krim, the mother of the children’s dad, CNBC executive Kevin Krim, told the Daily News Friday.

 

Outside the Krims' apartment, people have begun to leave flowers. “We’re just having a really, really hard time here,” the dead children's grandmother Karen Krim says. “We’re all falling apart ... It’s the worst nightmare any parent could ever have.”

“I’m just astounded, and I have no idea why something like this would happen. They just bent over backwards being nice to this woman.”

Karen Krim said the nanny had always been an angel — at least on the outside.

“They treated her like family,” she said of Ortega. “My daughter-in-law, if she thought there was anything wrong, she would have never left the two with her. This had to be something simmering inside this woman. Obviously, she went insane.

“We’re just having a really, really hard time here,” Karen Krim added. “We’re all falling apart. . . . It’s the worst nightmare any parent could ever have.”


Karen Krim spoke from California a day after her 6-year-old granddaughter, Lucia, and 2-year-old grandson, Leo, were found stabbed to death in her son and daughter-in-law Marina’s posh apartment on W. 75th St.

The barbaric slayings capped a downward spiral for Ortega, the mother of a 17-year-old son, Jesus.

“I’m so sorry. I don’t know what happened,” Celia Ortega, 53, said from her Bronx apartment. “I know the kids. My family is very, very sad.”

Racked with grief over the deadly job reference, she broke down in tears.

“I would hug her. I would hug him,” she said of the slain siblings. “I would say, ‘I’m sorry.’ I would give my life.”

 
Celia Ortega couldn’t comprehend the killing.

“She loved the kids,” she said, adding that Ortega took care of two other kids previously. “She loved Marina.”

Still, relatives told cops she had recently started seeing a psychologist.
 
“Apparently over the last month she was not herself,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. “There were financial concerns. She was seeking professional help and people noticed she wasn’t herself.”

Marina Krim was returning home from a swimming lesson for her third child, 3-year-old Nessie, at the Jewish Community Center when she walked into her darkened apartment about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, cops said.

Yoselyn Ortega, who picked up Lucia at Public School 87 at 3:20 p.m., was supposed to have met Krim at a dance studio on W. 68th St. with Lucia and Leo — but was gone by the time the mom arrived.

Seeing no sign of the kids or their nanny inside the apartment, Krim went downstairs and asked the doorman if he had seen the trio leave. He said he had not, and Krim and Nessie returned to the apartment.

Just as the mom stepped into the bathroom, Ortega began maniacally stabbing herself in the neck with a kitchen knife. The nanny had also sliced her wrists, police said.
 
Lucia and Leo’s bloody bodies were lying in the bathtub. Lucia had multiple cuts and stab wounds, while Leo’s throat had been slit, authorities said.

Krim started screaming, and at some point, the super showed up and confronted the wounded nanny.

“First, I heard bloodcurdling screams. Then I heard a male voice, accusatory, saying, ‘So you cut her throat?’ ” said Rima Starr, 63, a retired music therapist who lives on the second floor near the Krims.
 
“I now realize that was the super talking to the nanny.”

A hysterical Krim rushed to the lobby and collapsed, clutching Nessie as she wailed uncontrollably.

“She kept screaming at the top of her lungs over and over again, ‘I’m never talking to her again,’ ” Starr said. “Then she’d be screaming at her baby. A bloodcurdling scream, saying, ‘You’ll be all right!’ over and over again.

“In lucid moments, she said, ‘I need a doctor.’ Then she started screaming again from the depths of her stomach.

“ Not saying anything, just screaming. It went on for an hour.”

Marina Krim and Nessie were taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.

Ortega was in a medically induced coma at Weill Cornell Medical Center Friday, intubated and unable to talk. She had a “deep wound to the throat,” Browne said.

Why she launched the brutal attack remained a mystery, police said.

“We have not had the opportunity to speak to her,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

A police source said the Krims told detectives there were no arguments or fights with Ortega prior to the violence.
 

A neighbor of the family who shared an elevator with the nanny and the kids 30 minutes before they were found dead said nothing seemed amiss.

“The kids looked normal. The nanny looked normal,” said neighbor Charlotte Friedman. “She had a poker face. There was no indication that something like this was going to happen.”

Little Lucia appeared full of joy and told Friedman she had just gone dancing.

Friedman, who lives on the seventh floor, said she typically ran into the nanny a couple of times a week and always greeted her with a smile — but Ortega never reciprocated.

“She wasn’t warm,” Friedman said. “Usually when you smile at a nanny and the kids, the nanny smiles back. It’s instinctive. But she had a poker face. I didn’t get the sense she was evil, just cold.”

Ortega’s neighbors in Hamilton Heights said the deeply religious woman ran a side business selling makeup and sometimes complained about being broke.

“She had said that someone owed her 100 or 200 dollars for makeup she sold,” said Maria Lajara. “She said, ‘Someone owes me money. Pray for me.’”

Lajara said Ortega, 50, adored the Krim children.

“She was very happy with the work,” Lajara said.

“She liked the kids. She would show pictures of them. She was happy with her boss and never had any problems. She must have lost her mind.”

Another neighbor said Ortega begged her for work about two years ago.

“She said, ‘I’ll clean. I’ll do anything,’ ” the neighbor recalled.

Karen Krim said her son and his wife lived for their kids.

“Our poor son. He was such a wonderful father,” the grandmother said. “The thing I’m most proud of him for is he was such a fabulous father.”

Karen Krim said that the family hired Ortega two or three years ago. Whenever they left town with the children, the Krims would buy Ortega a flight back to the Dominican Republic.

The News on Friday obtained a photograph of Ortega, showing her clutching little Lucia and her sister Nessie while the Krims were on a family trip to the Dominican Republic in February. They stayed part of the time with Ortega’s relatives. The girls, smiling wide, were captured in matching embroidered tan outfits and holding pink flowers.

The slayings rattled the leafy, well-heeled neighborhood, which teems with stroller-pushing nannies. Scores of well-wishers, many of whom didn’t even know the Krims, dropped off flowers outside their building.

“Dear Krim Family,” read a note wedged into the mountain of bouquets. “We weep with you at your horrible loss. There are no words that can express our sadness. We pray for you and your beautiful children.”

 

 UPDATE, That fucking Dominican bitch pleads NOT GUILTY!!!

 

Dominican Nanny Yoselyn Ortega Pleads Not Guilty

Yoselyn Ortega, the nanny accused in the stabbing deaths of two children in her care at their upscale Manhattan home, pleaded not guilty Wednesday inside a hospital room where she's been treated for self-inflicted stab wounds.

Lying handcuffed in her hospital bed in silence, her right hand trembling, Ortega entered the plea through her defense attorney.

"I ask you to enter a not guilty plea on behalf of my client," said the lawyer, Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg.

Van Leer-Greenberg also told Judge Lewis Bart Stone that her client remains "profoundly, medically impaired and in need of medical attention."

Stone ordered Ortega held without bail while she undergoes a psychiatric exam. The judge, like two prosecutors and everyone else crowded into the room, wore a hospital gown.

Ortega, 50, appeared alert but didn't speak during the 10-minute hearing.

She had a tube leading to her throat, but was breathing on her own. She wore a blue hair net. No wounds were visible.

The hospital room was sparse: There were no flowers, photos or other personal items on display.

The unusual bed-side arraignment came as District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced an indictment charging Ortega with multiple counts of murder.

"This crime shocked and horrified parents around the city, many of whom entrust their children to the care of others both by necessity and by choice," Vance said in a statement. "My heart goes out to the family of those beautiful young children, and I hope that, with time, this family will heal."

Van Leer-Greenberg left the hospital without speaking to reporters.

According to the New York City-based website DNAinfo.com, Yoselyn Ortega was under tight financial demands.

Making just $18-an-hour, investigators and prosecutors believe Ortega’s decision to move her 17-year-old son to the U.S. from the Dominican Republican pushed her over the edge.

Still, without an in-depth confession from Ortega, authorities cannot determine exactly why the once doting nanny repeatedly stabbed 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother, Leo, before turning the knife on herself.

"She snapped," the nanny's sister, Celia Ortega, told The New York Post of the Oct.25 event. "We don't understand what happened to her mind."

Ortega began working for the Krim family two years ago, making around $32,000 a year.

According to members of the family, the Krim's treated Ortega like she was part of the family. 

"We're just the most stunned people in the world,” William Krim, grandfather to the slain children, told the New York Times. “I mean, they treated this woman so well.” Whatever was building up in her head, the Krims did not see it coming.

 

Nanny Yoselyn Ortega is removed from the building on W. 75th St. after allegedly killing 2 of the children in her care. Click on image to enlarge - See more pictures and videos here http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/krims

 

Dominican Watchdog says - HANG THE BITCH !!!

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