New York nanny kills two children and stabs herself

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A nanny allegedly killed the two children she was taking care of and then stabbed herself Thursday in an upper-west side New York City apartment, according to a news story in the Huffington Post.

Yoselyn Ortega, 50, is accused of stabbing and killing 6-year-old Lucia Krim and 2-year-old Leo Krim in the bathtub of the family's apartment.

Police said that the mother, Marina Krim, walked into the bathroom to find her dead children in the bathtub as Ortega was laying on the floor with self-inflicted wounds, as reported by CNN.

Marina Krim left her children in the care of Ortega Thursday while she was taking her other child to a swimming lesson. Ortega and the children were supposed to meet Krim at a dance studio at 5:30 p.m.; when they did not show, Krim went home to see what was going on.

According to CNN, Ortega is currently in stable, yet critical condition in a New York City hospital and was under police surveillance on Friday. Police have yet to charge Ortega with anything, said New York City Police Chief Ray Kelly.

The Huffington Post story referenced interviews with Ortega's sister with the New York Post, where she said that her sister Yoselyn "snapped." According to the story, Ortega had been having financial troubles and was seeing a psychiatrist. Her neighbor said he felt that "she was losing her mind," according to the Huffington Post story.

CNN reported that Ortega had been the nanny for the Krim's since the birth of Leo two years ago. The Krim's had even gone to visit Ortega's family in her native Dominican Republic.

According to both reports, there has yet to be a definitive motive behind Ortega's actions. The Huffington Post referenced an interview with a CBS news correspondent who said "she may have been planning this for weeks."

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