By Elizabeth C.
THE MOMENT YOSELYN ORTEGA REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS from a medically-induced coma, New York police asked why she stabbed her two young charges to death.
“Marina knows what happened,” the nanny said of the children’s mother, Marina Krim, who returned home Oct. 25 to find her 2-year-old Leo and 6-year-old Lulu bleeding to death.
Ortega had also slashed her own wrists and neck. Krim discovered the horrific scene when she returned home from a swimming class with her only surviving child, Nessie, and became “psychotic.”
Ortega, 50, has since been charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder. The Dominican Republic native waived her right to have an attorney present and spoke with police Saturday, telling them that she and the children’s mother had a massive row the day before the murders.
Among Marina’s offenses: not saying goodbye to her the day before.
“Marina ignored her when she said good-bye and this made her very, very angry,” a source told RadarOnline.
The native of Dominican Republic had recently been forced to move and was feeling squeezed by financial pressures. Family members have told media that she seemed under pressure during the last few months and had sought from a psychologist. Ortega lived with her teenaged son, Jesus, in an apartment in the Bronx. “He told me, ‘She didn’t do this. This is not her,’” Yoselyn’s sister Mylades Ortega told the Daily News. “We don’t know what happened … There was never any indication of anything like this happening. Only her, the children and God know.”
Marina and her husband Kevin Krim, an executive at CNBC, live in $10,000-a-month three-bedroom apartment in New York City’s swanky Upper West Side. Family members say they were generous and loving toward Ortega, with whom they once traveled to the Dominican Republic.
“They just bent over backwards being nice to this woman,’ Karen Kim told the New York Daily News. ‘They were always doing things that were just fabulous for her. I’m just astounded.”
But the arrested nanny told police that the family “didn’t pay her enough for the amount of hours she was working,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The New York Post also reported that Mrs. Krim had recently complained to Ortega about her job performance and threatened to replace her.
“She was told that if she didn’t improve her work, she would be let go,” a source tells the Post.
Still unclear: did Ortega actually stab the children out of pure spite?
Was she taking a psychiatric medication that was previously linked to violent crimes?
Finally, will this case make affluent employers more interested in their employees’ personal struggles?