Yoselyn Ortega, nanny accused of murdering two young children, admits to hurting kids: sources
Nanny told cops in bedside interview said that she had money problems

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2012, 8:07 PM


Nanny Yoselyn Ortega is accused of savagely murdering two of her young charges, including 6-year-old Lucia Krim.

The upper West Side nanny accused of brutally butchering two children last month admitted she hurt the adorable kids but did not confess to killing them, police sources told the Daily News.

Yoselyn Ortega, 50, said Lucia Krim, 6, fought back when she attacked her, and said Lucia’s brother Leo, almost 2, was sleeping when she began her frenzied assault in the bathroom of the family’s W. 75th St. apartment on Oct. 25.

The unhinged nanny told cops about the attack during a bedside interview Saturday at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, sources said.

Ortega said she had money problems and that she had wanted to earn more, police sources said.

Cops charged Ortega Saturday with two counts of murder in the first and second degrees. She has been hospitalized since the slayings after apparently trying to kill herself by slicing her own neck as the children’s mother, Marina Krim, walked in on the crime scene.

Marina Krim was returning home from a swimming lesson for her third child, 3-year-old Nessie, when she walked into her darkened apartment.

Seeing no sign of the kids or their nanny inside the apartment, Krim went downstairs and asked the doorman if he had seen the three of them leave. He said he had not, and Krim and Nessie returned to the apartment.
Just as Marina Krim stepped into the bathroom, Ortega began manically stabbing herself in the neck with a kitchen knife. The nanny had also sliced her wrists, police said.

Lucia and Leo’s bodies were lying in the bathtub. Lucia had multiple cut and stab wounds, while Leo’s throat had been slit, police said.

Ortega,a native of the Dominican Republic and the mother of a 17-year-old son, Jesus, had worked for the Krims for two years, and relatives said the Krims treated her like family. She recently started seeing a psychologist, relatives told police.

Marina Krim and her husband, CNBC executive Kevin Krim, have gone into seclusion with their surviving daughter, Nessie.

It remains unclear when Ortega will be arraigned.

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