Yoselyn Ortega, the New York nanny suspected of brutally slaying two young children, was arrested and charged with murder Saturday.
Deputy Police Commissioner 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. After the interview, at 6:06 p.m. today, Ortega was formally arrested and charged with murdering both children.”
Browne said the 50-year-old nanny was charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder.
Ortega had worked for the Krim family for two years before the murders took place. She lived with her son and sister near the family’s apartment off Central Park. She remains hospitalized at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center for injuries she sustained while stabbing herself in front of the children’s mother.
On Thursday, October 25, Marina Krim returned home after taking her 3-year-old to a swim class at the YMCA. She saw that the Manhattan apartment was dark and went to lobby to ask the doorman if Ortega and the children went out. The doorman said no, and Krim went back to the apartment and went into the bathroom. There she found her two children, 6-year-old Lucia, and Leo, who was days away from his second birthday.
It is believed that Ortega began stabbing herself at that moment.
Kevin Krim, the children’s father and a CNBC executive, was on a business trip in San Francisco at the time of the murders. He flew home that night and was met by police at the airport.
Browne gave no details about Ortega’s condition, nor he did give any information about a possible motive.