A family is in shock over the tragic murder of two children at the hands of their own nanny.
The Vice President of CNBC Digital, Kevin Krim, and his wife, Marina Krim, are mourning the loss of two of their three children after Mrs. Krim returned home to find Lulu, 6, and Leo, 2, dead in a bathroom at their Manhattan home.
Mrs. Krim had been out with their other child, 3-year-old Nessie, leaving Leo and Lulu with the family nanny, 50-year-old Yoselyn Ortega.
The Dominican nanny was regarded as part of the Krim family. In fact, earlier this year, the Krims traveled to the Dominican Republic on vacation and stayed with members of Ortega’s family for nine days. In her online journal, which she called “Life with the Krim Kids,” Mrs. Krim posted photos of the Dominican trip, saying, “It was wonderful. And we met Josie’s amazing family! The Dominican Republic is a wonderful country!”
On Thursday, upon Mrs. Krim and Nessie’s return, neighbors say they heard the blood-curdling screams of the mother as she found her children dead from apparent stab wounds believed to have been inflicted by Ortega.
Ortega was supposed to bring the two children to meet Mrs. Krim and Nessie for swimming lessons. Police say the home was dark and there was no sign of Ortega or the children so the mother went downstairs to ask the doorman if he had seen the nanny or the children. After being told they had not been seen leaving, Mrs. Krim went back upstairs to their apartment. That it when she made the gruesome discovery.
Ortega was also found in the bathroom, having allegedly slit her own wrists and throat. Mrs. Krim reportedly tried to stop the bleeding from Ortega’s neck and began screaming for help.
Some reports stated the children were still breathing when paramedics arrived but were later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Ortega was unresponsive when taken to the New York-Cornell Hospital, and as of Friday morning, she was in critical but stable condition.
The horrified mother was taken, along with her now only daughter, to St. Luke’s hospital . Mrs. Krim was sedated and Mr. Krim, who was on a business trip at the time, returned to New York where police informed him of the tragedy. He was taken to the hospital to be with his family.
In March, Kevin Krim, a Harvard graduate, was named the general manager of the CNBC digital media division, CNBC Digital.
Ortega had been with the family for about one year, having been hired after an extensive search by the Krim family after the birth of Leo.
Police have still not presented a motive for the murder and attempted suicide, but have stated it appears Ortega may have also taken pills at some point Thursday. So far, no charges have been filed against Ortega.
On Friday, Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts expressed his and the company’s support for the Krim family, saying, “I just want to say on behalf of all of us at CNBC and Comcast and NBCUniversal and many others around the nation how touched and sad we are by this unspeakable act, and that we’ll do everything we can to support the family in their awful time…We’ll go back to our jobs but have them in our thoughts and prayers.”
In an official statement from Comcast and NBCUniversal:
A member of the CNBC family has suffered an unimaginable loss. The sadness that we all feel for Kevin, Marina and their family is without measure.
Our thoughts, prayers and unwavering support are with them all.
—Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Corporation
Stephen B. Burke, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal
Mark Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer and President, CNBC