(Corrects occupation of mother, ninth paragraph)
* Mother saw bodies in bathtub as nanny stabbed herself
* Nanny in critical condition in hospital
By Chris Francescani
NEW YORK, Oct 26 The nanny suspected of slaying
a Manhattan professional couple's two young children began
stabbing herself as the mother entered the bathroom and began
screaming when she saw the dead bodies in the bathtub, New
York's police commissioner said on Friday.
The nanny, YoSelyn Ortega, had been employed by the family
of Kevin and Marina Krim for two years before police said she
killed their children and attempted suicide on Thursday in the
family's luxury apartment, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
Ortega, who lived with her son and sister near the Krims'
apartment off Central Park, has been a naturalized U.S. citizen
for a decade, Kelly said, adding that she had been referred to
the Krims by another family.
New York police were hoping to interview the critically
wounded nanny later on Friday, said an NYPD official who
requested anonymity. Ortega, 50, has not been charged because
police have not been able to interview her.
"We know now that the nanny began to stab herself as the
woman entered the bathroom," Kelly said. "We initially thought
it was, it had already been done, but now information is coming
out that she did it as the mother entered the room."
Ortega remains the prime suspect in the stabbing death of the
two children, Leo, 2, and Lulu, 6, Kelly said.
Marina Krim had entered the apartment at about 5:30 p.m.
Thursday with her 3-year-old daughter, returning home after
Ortega failed to meet her as planned at a local dance studio
with the two other children.
Krim saw that the apartment was dark and returned to the
lobby to ask the doorman if the nanny and kids had gone out,
Kelly said. The doorman said no, and she returned to the
apartment and went into the bathroom, he said.
The mother is an early childhood art teacher, according to a
website for the Hippo Playground Project, a New York
organization where she volunteered.
New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said the
children suffered "multiple stab wounds," and were pronounced
dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital.
Kevin Krim, the children's father and an executive with
CNBC, had been heading home from a business trip, He was met by
police at the airport and notified of the killings, police said.
A spokesman for CNBC released a statement Friday expressing
the "sadness we all feel" for Krim and his wife. The couple's
"unimaginable loss ... is without measure."
The final entry in an online blog that Marina Krim
maintained to document her daily life with her children was
dated Thursday, three hours before the discovery.
"Leo speaks in the most adorable way possible," she wrote.
"And he does things like, "(I) want a fresh bagel" and "Lito
(what he calls himself) wants cold milk" and most adorable of
all, "No thank you" - he never uses "No" alone, it's always
paired with "thank you."
A source at NBC News confirmed that the blog - which
contains pictures of the Krim family - was Krim's.
(Editing by Dan Burns, Doina Chiacu and Philip Barbara)