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Family Talk: Upper West Side Family Rocked by Tragedy

Two children were allegedly stabbed to death by their nanny in their Upper West Side home.

Family Talk: Upper West Side Family Rocked by Tragedy

Marina and Kevin Krim are experiencing what no parents ever should.

On Friday, Marina Krim entered her Upper West Side home to find two of her three children lying in the family's bathtub with multiple stab wounds.

It is alleged that the family's nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, is responsible for the act that ultimately took the lives of 2-year-old Leo Krim and 6-year-old Lucia Krim, as reported by the NY Post.

Marina Krim found her children after Ortega did not arrive to meet her at her 3-year-old's swim class. A photo of Marina only partially illustrates the devastation and pain she and her husband are going through.

After interviewing Ortega and meeting her family in her native Dominican Republic, the Krims entrusted the nanny with caring for their three children for a year now.

The most recent report by the NY Post features statements from family members and neighbors of Ortega's that point to signs that she was "suffering from mental, physical and financial issues."

The report also highlights the fact that Ortega told others that she was seeing a psychiatrist. Ortega, found at the scene of the crime, allegedly slit her own wrists and throat and is currently in a medically induced coma.

It is heartbreaking to read and see the reports of a family torn apart by a senseless act.

Working with kids is not an easy undertaking, despite what many may think, but acting out in violence is the highest trangression that any caretaker can make.

The issue of finding trustworthy childcare is one that parents continuously strategize to resolve.

From only using family members and getting referrals from close friends to enlisting the help of reputable nanny services and conducting interviews and background checks, the ways in which parents find someone to care for their most prized posessions are infinite, however, not always infallible.

Finding trustworthy childcare is an obstacle I have chronicled in the past. Hearing reports of tragedies like this only make an unnerving parent worry more.

My heart goes out to the Krims and only hope that they can mend their broken hearts for their surviving daughter, 3-year-old Nessie.

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