Suffer the Little Children, Part Two

Lucia (left) and Leo Krim were allegedly killed by their nanny on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 57 W. 75th St. in New York. (

The victims Lucia and Leo (courtesy of

The crimes being perpetrated on our youth continue with another disturbing story, this time from New York City.

Marina Krim lives near Central Park and has been blogging for some time about the joys of motherhood. She has three children and like any good mother, loves them more than life itself.

Unfortunately, her life just changed in a terrible and unthinkable way.

Late Thursday afternoon, Krim left two of her children with her nanny so she could pick up her 3-year-old, Nessie, from swim class. When she returned to her Upper West Side apartment, she found it dark and seemingly empty. The doorman told her no one had left the building, so Krim entered the apartment and made a gruesome discovery.

In the bathroom, she found her two children, 6-year-old Lucia and 2-year-old Leo, lying in the bathtub. Both children were dead from apparent knife wounds. And lying on the floor nearby was Krim’s nanny, 50-year-old Yoselyn Ortega, who had self-inflicted stab wounds to her neck.

Ortega actually survived and is currently hospitalized.

It appears as if Ortega snapped and killed these children, but police have not confirmed this and still have no idea what her motive could have been. According to people who know the family, they were close to their nanny and even visited her family in the Dominican Republic in February.

This terrible crime has shocked a city where nannies are commonplace and help care for the children of many busy citizens. And given all the information still unknown about the murders, families who employ nannies are likely fearful about their own children’s safety.

I simply cannot understand how someone so trusted could turn on the family she seemed to love and perform such a heinous act. And since the victims were young children, I continue to have trouble wrapping my mind around this whole situation.

My heart goes out to the Krim family because I simply cannot imagine what they must be feeling right now. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, dear readers.

Posted on October 26, 2012, in Family, Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Prayers of peace for this family. I couldn’t imagine what this mother is going through.

  2. That is seriously, seriously grim.

  3. Locked. Under. The. Stairs. I wish there was a foolproof way to protect our children from such senseless violence and tragedy, that poor, poor family. My heart breaks reading this.

  4. Are they 100 percent sure it was the nanny.This sounds real suspicious to me.Maybe someone the nanny knows and doesn’t want to give up for some reason.

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