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Nanny held as mum finds two children slain in bath

A MOTHER returned home to her luxury New York apartment to find two of her small children stabbed to death in an empty bathtub and their nanny, with self-inflicted stab wounds, lying near them.

The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, was taken to hospital in police custody. She is suspected of killing the children, who were pronounced dead at a hospital.

The children's mother, Marina Krim, was also hospitalised for trauma after discovering her dead children last night.

The children's father, CNBC digital media executive Kevin Krim, who had been away on a business trip, was met by police at the airport on his return and given an escort to the hospital.

The family's apartment building, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, is one block from Central Park.

The neighbourhood is home to many affluent families, and seeing children accompanied by nannies is an everyday part of life there, making the idea of such violence even more disturbing to residents.

Rima Starr, who lives on the same floor as the Krim family, said she heard screams coming from the family's apartment at about 5.30pm. "There was some kind of screaming about, 'You slit her throat!'" she said. "It was horrible."

Lucianne Minihan, whose husband, Michael, is the superintendent of the building, said: "She was screaming at the top of her lungs. She was screaming, 'Help me! Help me!'."

Downstairs

The children's mother, Marina Krim, a paediatrician, had entered the dark apartment with her three-year-old daughter, Nessie, and initially thought her other two children were out with the 50-year-old nanny, police commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

She went downstairs and asked the doorman whether he'd seen them leave.

When he said no, she went back upstairs and discovered her one-year-old son, Leo, and her six-year-old daughter, Lucia, known as LuLu, in the bathroom, Kelly said.

The nanny was found on the bathroom floor with stab wounds to her neck. A kitchen knife was close by, police said.

Kelly said it's unclear how long the nanny had worked for the family and the police investigation was ongoing. No charges had been filed.

Starr, the family's neighbour, said she believed the nanny had been hired just recently.

"I met her in the lift, the day before yesterday, and was making small talk," she said.

After police arrived, she said, the mother stayed in the lobby, screaming hysterically and clutching her surviving child.

The family had moved to New York from San Francisco within the past few years. The children's father was named general manager of CNBC's digital media division in March, after working in digital media at Bloomberg. Their mother had a cooking blog and taught art classes to young children.

The family lived in a stately, late-19th-century apartment building where a three-bedroom unit rents for $10,000 per (¤7,700) month.

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