The father whose two children were allegedlyÂ slain by their nanny is trying to ‘be strong’ for his family, relatives haveÂ revealed.
Media executive Kevin Krim emailed co-workersÂ thanking them for their support after his wife Marina after their nannyÂ allegedly stabbed two of their three young children to death.
Marina and the couple’s 3-year-old daughterÂ Nessie returned to their Upper West Side apartment on Thursday to find theirÂ 2-year-old son Leo and 6-year-old daughter Lucia brutally stabbed in the bathtubÂ and nanny Yoselyn Ortega bleeding on the kitchen floor.
‘Thanks for your concern,’ he wrote in anÂ email to colleagues at CNBC.
‘Nessie woke up this morning and is doingÂ fine. We’re obviously heartbroken.’
Kevin Krim was told the devastatingÂ news byÂ detectives on Thursday night as he returned to John F. KennedyÂ InternationalÂ Airport in New York from a business trip.
Even though he wants to fall apart he can’tÂ do it because he has to be there for them, his father William KrimÂ said. He then faced the unimaginable hour longÂ journey back into Manhattan knowing that his life as he knew it wasÂ over.
As shocking new details emerge,Â neighboursÂ have revealed that nanny Ortega, 50, was visibly unravellingÂ before the heinousÂ slayings in the Upper West Side apartment on Thursday night and appeared to haveÂ ‘aged seven years in a few months.’
Brave six-year-old Lucia Krim triedÂ to fightÂ off her crazed nanny as the woman allegedly stabbed her and her brother Leo, 2,Â repeatedly with two kitchen knives before leaving their small bodies covered inÂ blood in the bathtub for their mother to find.
Lucia, who had beenÂ playing in the elevator moments before the horrifying slaying, sufferedÂ defensive wounds as she attempted to fend off the woman who her parents paid toÂ protect her and her siblings.Â Â
She was eventually stabbedÂ multiple times in the stomach and the neck while little Leo suffered twoÂ punctures to the neck, a law enforcement source told The New YorkÂ Post.
‘They both suffered. TheyÂ bled out,’ the source said, adding that Ortega used two kitchen knives in the allegedÂ attack. ‘The little girl tried to protectÂ herself.’
SpeakingÂ from his home in Camarillo, California to DNAÂ Info,Â the children’s grandfather William Krim said that he and his wife were planningÂ to fly to New York to help deal with the tragedy.
TheÂ 74-year-old said that while he has not been contacted by police, both of hisÂ daughters have received calls to tell them it was not an accident.
HeÂ said: ‘Our son texted our daughters to say, ‘I can’t talk to Mom and Dad rightÂ now because I’ll just fall apart.’
‘HeÂ said he has to be strong for his wife and his middle daughter that survived theÂ killing.
‘It’sÂ so disastrous and so brutal and ugly,’
WilliamÂ Krim added that his son, a vice president at CNBC, and his kindergarten teacherÂ wife regularly made trips back to California to visit them but that his son was‘very disciplined’ with his work so they would only stay for five days at a time.
HeÂ added that he thought so highly of Marina Krim she was listed as ‘Marina, BestÂ Mother in the World’ on his phone.
HeÂ said: ‘Every time I text her, it shows up.’
Ruben Diaz, 49,Â said theÂ nanny, a native of the Dominican Republic who has lived in the U.S.Â for 10Â years, looked sick and gaunt and appeared ‘nervous’ beforeÂ Thursday’sÂ bloodbath, neighbours recounted.
She was also battlingÂ health problems, both mental and physical, and had money issues.
‘She lost a lot of weight.Â She looked very unhealthy. It looked like she was going through some problems,’Â Diaz told The Post. ‘She hadÂ aged a lot – like seven years in a fewÂ months.’
According to police,Â Ortega had revealed to people that she was seeing a psychiatrist.
But the unfathomableÂ attack, which ended with her slashing her own wrists and throat, was stillÂ shocking to anyone who knew her.
She snapped,’ the nanny’sÂ sister, Celia Ortega, told The Post. ‘We don’t understand what happened to herÂ mind.’
Ortega was takenÂ to nearby New York-Presbyterian/WeillÂ Cornell Medical Center where she remains.
The Post reportedÂ thatÂ Marina Krim had given theÂ nanny extra hours after she complained she wasÂ strapped for cash.
A law enforcementÂ sourceÂ told the newspaper that the Krims had even introduced her to aÂ family thatÂ needed a babysitter but they turned her down because she was ‘a little tooÂ grumpy.’
Mrs Friedman spottedÂ Marina in the mezzanine of the prewar building with her survivingÂ middle childÂ Nessie, moments after she walked into the bathroom to findÂ her babies fullyÂ clothes but drenched in blood in the tub.
‘She was bent over theÂ child, screaming and holding onto the only live child she stillÂ had,’ FriedmanÂ told The Post. ‘They were very deep, dark screams.
Neighbour RimaÂ Starr, 63,Â added: ‘She was screaming things like, “I’ll never speak toÂ her again,”Â repeating that over and over again. Then screaming thingsÂ like, “It’s allÂ right, you’ll be all right, you’ll be all right.”‘
‘Then she wouldÂ get wavesÂ of the reality of what just happened and then she’d go intoÂ just plain,Â bloodcurdling screams, with her arms flailing out to theÂ sides.’
Marina was takenÂ toÂ hospital, where police said she told them, ‘What are we going to doÂ now? I’llÂ never go back there again. They can have everything. I don’tÂ wantÂ anything.’
According to The Post, she and her husbandÂ Kevin, 37, are with relatives at a luxury Manhattan hotel.
Flowers: Friends and strangers laid flowers outside theÂ apartment block, sharing in the Krim family’s grief
The mother of CNBCÂ executive Kevin Krim said on Friday that the young family treated Ortega as theyÂ would one of their own.
Mr and Mrs Krim ‘bent overÂ backwards’ to help their children’s nanny, going so far as to purchase planeÂ tickets for her so she could fly back toÂ her native Dominican Republic, KarenÂ Kim said.
The grieving grandmother added that theÂ horrific murders of her grandchildren were taking a heavy toll on her family.
She speculated that OrtegaÂ must have ‘went insane’ to allegedly commit such a heinous crime.
Speaking withÂ the NewÂ York Daily News, Karen Krim said that the children’sÂ deaths are ‘the worst nightmare any parent could ever have’.
Sources told DNAInfo thatÂ though Ortega hasÂ been taken out of a medically-induced coma, she remains catatonic and willÂ not respond to any questions from doctorsÂ or police.
The source addedÂ thatÂ there is no probable medical cause keeping Ortega from speaking, as the kitchenÂ knife she used to slit her own throat missed the majorÂ veins and arteries inÂ her neck.
In addition, toxicology tests performed onÂ Ortega came back negative.
It was revealed on FridayÂ that Mrs Krim returned to her luxury Manhattan apartmentÂ on Thursday evening toÂ find her two children stabbed to death, and thenÂ watched as the crazed womanÂ slit her own throat.
MrsÂ Krim let out a ‘primal scream’ after discovering her son and daughter, Leo and Lulu, in a pool of blood in a bathtub, eachÂ withÂ multiple stab wounds, according to neighbour’s recounts.
Mrs Friedman, who lives inÂ the same block as the tragic family, revealed how she was the last person to seeÂ the two children alive.
She said she saw theÂ youngsters and Ortega as they took the elevator together. Just half an hourÂ later, she heard the blood-curdling screams.
Mrs Krim, whose husband is the senior viceÂ president and general manager of CNBC Digital, returned home after Ortega failedÂ to meet her and Nessie after the girl’s swimming lesson.
‘She got a call from theÂ nanny saying she’d picked them up from school and she was taking them straightÂ home,’ an employee at the Upper West Side swim and dance facility told The Post.
‘[Marina] didn’t seemÂ nervous at all; she waved to me.’
But when she arrived homeÂ at around 5.30pm and she found the three-bedroom, $10,000-a-month prewarÂ apartment at West 75thÂ Street dark, Police Commissioner Ray KellyÂ said.
She returned to the lobbyÂ to ask the doorman if he had seen the childrenÂ and, when he said they had notÂ left, she returned to the home and looked through each room.
She finally switched onÂ the bathroom lights and discovered the horrifying scene.
There she found Ortega on the floor with aÂ slit throat and with her wristsÂ cut and bleeding, the NewÂ York PostÂ reported. Police said a kitchenÂ knife was nearby.
Mrs Krim also found herÂ two children in the bathtub with stab woundsÂ covering their bodies, and thenÂ tried to stop the nanny’s neck fromÂ bleeding with a towel, according to theÂ Post.
Neighbours saidÂ she then ran outside theÂ apartment and collapsed by its front door,Â letting out blood-curdling screamsÂ and repeating thatÂ over and over again to young Nessie ‘it’s all right, you’llÂ be allÂ right, you’llÂ be alright.’
One neighbour revealed the superintendent ofÂ the apartment block went into theÂ apartment and questioned Ortega, demanding:Â ‘So you cut her throat? SoÂ you stabbed her in the neck?’
His wife then came out to assist and told horrified neighboursÂ who had heard the screams:Â ‘Two babies, in the bath, nanny’ and made a cuttingÂ sign across herÂ throat.
Mrs Friedman added: ‘AtÂ that point I knew the nanny had something to do with it’.
Neighbours dialedÂ 911Â and, although Lulu and Leo reportedly appeared to be breathing whenÂ medicsÂ arrived, they were pronounced dead when they got to the hospital.
Ortega was unresponsiveÂ but was taken to New York-Cornell Hospital in aÂ critical but stable condition.Â She was in a stable condition on FridayÂ morning and police sources say she mayÂ have also taken pills.
Mrs Krim andÂ Nessie, whoÂ did not witnessed the grisly scene, were also taken toÂ hospital for treatment,Â and Mrs Krim was sedated.
A neighbour told the WallÂ Street Journal the woman had left the building ‘inconsolable, hysterical,Â frantic’.
The children’s father,Â Kevin Krim, had been on a business trip and was met by policeÂ at the airportÂ when he returned to New York. Officers recounted theÂ horror to him and he wasÂ escorted to the hospital.
Mr and Mrs Krim remainedÂ at St. Luke’s hospital on Thursday night with Mrs Krim’s sister. Police said theÂ shocked mother was unable to communicate.
On Friday,Â neighbour MrsÂ Friedman said the nanny had looked ‘cold’ just half an hour before theÂ murders.
She said that she was inÂ the elevator with Ortega, who had a ‘poker face’Â and appeared unemotionalÂ despite Lulu and Leo playing around.
‘I was playing with theÂ children in theÂ elevator,’ Mrs Friedman said. ‘The girl looked so delightful. IÂ asked her if she was going on a play date or something and she said she wasÂ goingÂ home.
‘I said, “What did you do,” and she said,Â “Dancing.” And that was it – they were only on the second floor so theyÂ left.
‘She was smiling, happy,Â happy happy. The nanny just smiled – and nothing. The nanny was a colder typeÂ from most nannies that I have encountered.
‘She was poker faced. She wasn’t the warmestÂ person. I never saw her as the warmest nanny.’
Ortega’s niece,Â KatherineÂ Garcia, added that her aunt had been ‘acting kind of nervousÂ lately’ butÂ insisted that she had loved the children.
Friends said she had lostÂ her apartment in the Bronx and was forced to move in her sister in Harlem.Â Police added that her family said she may have visited a psychologist recently.
Police said thereÂ were noÂ immediate explanations for the murders and suicide attempt. Paul J. Browne, fromÂ the police department, told the New York Times he didÂ not know whether a noteÂ had been left.
The family had moved toÂ New York from San Francisco within the last few years, and Mr Krim was named general manager of CNBC’s digital mediaÂ division inÂ March.
He is a Harvard graduate and has recentlyÂ worked at Bloomberg and Yahoo, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The children’sÂ grandmother, Karen Krim, saidÂ that theÂ family hired Ortega a year ago, until which time Mrs Krim had been aÂ stay-at-home mother.
When Leo was born, theyÂ searched for a nanny. They even spent nine days with her family in the DominicanÂ Republic, as documented on Mrs Krim’sÂ online journal.
‘TheyÂ just bent over backwards being nice to this woman,’ Karen Kim told the New YorkÂ Daily News. ‘They were always doingÂ things that were just fabulous for her. I’m just astounded, and I have no ideaÂ why something like this would happen.’
She added: ‘We’re just having a really,Â really hard time here. It’s the worst nightmare any parent could everÂ have.’
Mrs Krim, who teachesÂ weekly art lessons to children, kept an online journal entitled ‘Life withÂ theÂ Krim Kids’, which she had last updated just three hours before theÂ murders.
She had written: ‘LeoÂ speaks in the most adorable way possible.’
The onlineÂ journal paintsÂ a tender picture of her life with her husband and theirÂ beloved children, andÂ gives an insight into the horrendous loss that has befallen theÂ family.
She documents trips toÂ pick apples,Â visits to pumpkin patches and playdates. Photographs show theÂ childrenÂ playing happily together around the home and on their first days ofÂ school.
‘One of the bestÂ parts ofÂ my day is after I drop both girls off at school and have 3Â precious hours withÂ little Lito all to myself,’ she wrote. ‘Ok, I’m near getting cheesy I adore thisÂ boy so much!!!’
She added how heÂ loved to play with toy carsÂ and trucks, and would set up his ownÂ ‘kitchen’ in the living room where heÂ would pretend to make bacon.
‘Lito, I must say, is aÂ very clever little boy,’ she wrote. ‘He is super talkative andÂ just has aÂ million thoughts running through his brain and can expressÂ himself amazinglyÂ well for an almost-2 year old.Â I’m thinking he couldÂ be a Mini-Kevin.’
The family lives in one ofÂ the city’s most idyllic neighborhoods, just aÂ block from Central Park and a fewÂ more from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
It is home to many affluent families, andÂ seeing children accompanied by nannies isÂ an everyday part of life there,Â making the idea of such violence evenÂ more disturbing to residents.
Mrs Friedman added that the Krims are aÂ quiet, nice friendly family.
She said: ‘They were sweetÂ people. They had two large dogs they used to walk, they were greyhounds I think.Â The children were full of life.’
On Friday morning a steadyÂ stream of passers by stopped off at the apartment block to lay flowers, some ofÂ whom were in tears.
Among the tributes was aÂ card on some flowers which read: ‘Dear Krim Family. We weep with you at yourÂ horrible loss. There are no words that can express our sadness. We pray for youÂ and your beautiful children.
‘Every mother and fatherÂ weeps with you and your family during this dark time’.
Police officers could beÂ seen taking bags of evidence out of the building yesterday and at one pointÂ removed what appeared to be a piece of wood which was about 12ftÂ long.
Source: The Daily Mail