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The nanny accused of stabbing two young children to death at their home before slitting her own throat did not confess to the murders when questioned by police but told them: 'Marina knows what happened.'
Marina Krim returned to her New York home on October 25 with her youngest daughter to find her children Lucia, six, and Leo, two, dead in a pool of blood before walking in on nanny Yoselyn Ortega stabbing herself in the throat.
When Ortega came out of a medically-induced coma on Saturday, detectives immediately questioned her about the brutal slayings, before charging her with first-degree murder.
Ortega revealed from her hospital bed that she resented her employers because they kept telling her what to do and asked her to do the housework. She also said she was involved in a vicious argument with the children's mother one day before the brutal homicides.
Ortega waived her right to have a lawyer present during questioning when she ominously told the detective, 'Marina knows what happened', a source told the New York Times.
RadarOnline reported yesterday that Ortega 'told NYPD detectives that she was involved in an epic argument with Marina Krim the day before the children were tragically murdered.'
'Yoselyn also said that when she left at the end of the day before the murders, Marina ignored her when she said good-bye and this made her very, very angry,' Radar's source continued.
Yoselyn became extremely animated when she discussed the incident with police, telling officers that she had numerous disagreements with mother Marina about how the kids were being cared for.
Marina didn't think Yoselyn was interacting with the kids enough and was giving them junk food when she was out of sight.
Ortega told police when she woke up from her coma that she was angry because the family wanted her to clean as well as look after the children.
While being interrogated Yoselyn repeatedly asked about her family and asked how they were doing.
She didn't express remorse or cry when talking about Lucia and Leo's murders.
'It was rather shocking to cops because of the gruesome crime scene that Yoselyn didn't express any emotion when speaking of the kids. Everything was just rather matter of fact,' Radar's source reported.
Yoselyn was not on medication Saturday and still seemed 'spacy' during the hospital room chat.
A Dominican Republic native, Ortega was questioned by police after allegedly butchered six-year-old Lucia and two-year-old Leo while they were under her care at an Upper West Side, Manhattan, apartment last week.
Law enforcement officials told the New York Post that Mr and Mrs Krim asked their financially-strapped nanny to do simple housework as a way to earn money, thinking they were doing her a good turn. All this did was enrage her.
'She said something like, "I'm paid to watch the children, not clean up and do housework",' a law-enforcement source said of Yoselyn Ortega’s statements to police after she woke up from a medically-induced coma on Sunday.
'There was friction between her and the family.'
In Ortega's brief statement to police, she said her employers had arranged to give her an extra five hours a week in housekeeping work to help her make more money, law-enforcement sources told the Post.
'They were asking her to clean and do housework and she was unhappy because it interfered with her doctor's appointments.'
It was also revealed today that Marina and Kevin Krim were worried about Ortega's job performance in the weeks leading up to the October 25 slaying and had told her that if she didn't improve her job performance they might need to replace her.
A law-enforcement source told the Post: 'She was told that if she didn't improve her work, she would be let go.'
Last week, the mother of CNBC executive Kevin Krim said that the young family treated Ortega, as they would one of their own, 'bending over backwards' to help her and even buying plane tickets so she could fly to the Dominican Republic with them.
Oretega allegedly repaid this kindness by murdering her children before trying to kill herself. Marina Krim discovered her son and daughter, Leo and Lulu, in a pool of blood in a bathtub, each with multiple stab wounds.
She was due to meet Ortega and her other two children at the local swimming pool with her now only surviving child Nessie, three. But when they failed to show up, she returned to her three-bedroom, $10,000-a-month pre-war apartment at West 75th Street and found it dark, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
When she went into the bedroom, she discovered her children in a pool of blood and a bleeding Ortega.
The nanny, who had slit her wrists, then plunged a kitchen knife into her own neck as the horrified mother walked into the grisly scene, police said. She stabbed herself with such force that she fractured a vertebra in her neck, police said.
Though she looked after the children for two years and was treated like part of the family, the 50-year-old did not ask about them when she woke from her coma, asking instead about her own family before falling back under sedation. Police plan on questioning her again. Charges have yet to be filed.
Ortega's sister Miladys said she spoke to her sister in the days leading up to the massacre and she gave her no indication anything was wrong.
But the nanny's neighbors said she appeared in troubled in the weeks leading up to the murders and she had been struggling with money issues - which is why the Krims offered her more work.
Ortega remains at nearby New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Toxicology tests performed on Ortega came back negative.
Neighbor Rima Starr, 63, recalls the moment she heard Mrs Krim make the grisly discovery.: 'I heard blood curdling screams and I went down to the lobby and there was the mother screaming, hunched over the three year old.
'At time she was screaming things like: "I'll never speak to her again", repeating that over and over again, then "it's all right, you'll be all right, you'll be alright" to the child.
'Then she would get waves of the reality of what just happened and then she'd go into just plain bloodcurdling screams with her arms flailing out to the sides.'
One neighbor revealed the superintendent of the apartment block went into the apartment and questioned Ortega, demanding: 'So you cut her throat? So you stabbed her in the neck?'
His wife then came out to assist and told horrified neighbours who had heard the screams: 'Two babies, in the bath, nanny' and made a cutting sign across her throat.
Mrs Friedman added: 'At that point I knew the nanny had something to do with it'.
Neighbours dialed 911 and, although Lulu and Leo reportedly appeared to be breathing when medics arrived, they were pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
Ortega was unresponsive but was taken to New York-Cornell Hospital in a critical but stable condition. She was in a stable condition on Friday morning and police sources say she may have also taken pills.
Mrs Krim and Nessie, who had not witnessed the grisly scene, were also taken to hospital for treatment, and Mrs Krim was sedated.
A neighbour told the Wall Street Journal the woman had left the building 'inconsolable, hysterical, frantic'.
Her husband, Kevin Krim, had been on a business trip and was met by police at the airport when he returned to New York. Officers recounted the horror to him and he was escorted to the hospital.
Mr and Mrs Krim remained at St. Luke's hospital last night with Mrs Krim's sister. Police said the shocked mother was unable to communicate.
On Friday, neighbour Charlotte Friedman said she believes she was the last one to see the children alive and that the nanny had looked 'cold' just half an hour before the murders.
She said that she was in the elevator with Ortega, who had a 'poker face' and appeared unemotional despite Lulu and Leo playing around.
'I was playing with the children in the elevator,' Friedman said. 'The girl looked so delightful. I asked her if she was going on a play date or something and she said she was going home.
'I said, "What did you do," and she said, "Dancing." And that was it - they were only on the second floor so they left.
'She was smiling, happy, happy happy. The nanny just smiled - and nothing. The nanny was a colder type from most nannies that I have encountered.
'She was poker faced. She wasn't the warmest person. I never saw her as the warmest nanny.'
Ortega's niece, Katherine Garcia, added that her aunt had been 'acting kind of nervous lately' but insisted that she had loved the children.
Friends said she had lost her apartment in the Bronx and was forced to move in her sister in Harlem. Police added that her family said she may have visited a psychologist recently.
Police said there were no immediate explanations for the murders and suicide attempt. Paul J. Browne, from the police department, told the New York Times he did not know a note had been left.
The family had moved to New York from San Francisco within the last few years, and Mr Krim was named general manager of CNBC's digital media division in March.
He is a Harvard graduate and has recently worked at Bloomberg and Yahoo, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The children's grandmother on their father's side, Karen Krim, told said that the family hired Ortega a year ago, until which time Mrs Krim had been a stay-at-home mother.
When Leo was born, they searched for a nanny. They even spent nine days with her family in the Dominican Republic, as documented on Mrs Krim's online journal.
'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, and I have no idea why something like this would happen.'
She added: 'We’re just having a really, really hard time here. It’s the worst nightmare any parent could ever have.'
Mrs Krim, who teaches weekly art lessons to children, kept an online journal entitled 'Life with the Krim Kids', which she had last updated just three hours before the murders.
She had written: 'Leo speaks in the most adorable way possible.'
The online journal paints a tender picture of her life with her husband and their beloved children, and gives an insight into the horrendous loss that has befallen the family.
She documents trips to pick apples, visits to pumpkin patches and playdates. Photographs show the children playing happily together around the home and on their first days of school.
'One of the best parts of my day is after I drop both girls off at school and have 3 precious hours with little Lito all to myself,' she wrote. 'Ok, I’m near getting cheesy I adore this boy so much!!!'
Adventures: The family even went to stay with the nanny's family in the Dominican Republic
She added how he loved to play with toy cars and trucks, and would set up his own 'kitchen' in the living room where he would pretend to make bacon.
'Lito, I must say, is a very clever little boy,' she wrote. 'He is super talkative and just has a million thoughts running through his brain and can express himself amazingly well for an almost-2 year old. I'm thinking he could be a Mini-Kevin.'
The family lives in one of the city's most idyllic neighborhoods, just a block from Central Park and a few more from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
It 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.
Mrs Friedman added that the Krims are a quiet, nice friendly' family.
She said: 'They were sweet people. They had two large dogs they used to walk, they were greyhounds I think. The children were full of life.'
All morning a steady stream of passers by stopped off at the apartment block to lay flowers, some of whom were in tears.
Among the tributes was a card on some flowers which read: 'Dear Krim Family. We weep with you at your horrible loss. There are no words that can express our sadness. We pray for you and your beautiful children.
'Every mother and father weeps with you and your family during this dark time'.
Police officers could be seen taking bags of evidence out of the building and at one point removed what appeared to be a long piece of wood which was about 12ft long.