Did Extra Housework Motivate the Krim Nanny to Allegedly Commit Murder?

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Leo and Lucia Krim were murdered on Oct. 25, 2012

While most of the news has been dominated by the death and destruction of Hurricane Sandy over the past several days, life goes on elsewhere. Although in some other tragic cases, life will remain gone forever.

It was just last week that Yoselyn Ortega allegedly stabbed to death two of the three children for whom she was hired to care, Lucia, 6, and Leo, 2, of the Krim family in a tony neighborhood in New York City. After she is said by police to have killed the children and left them in their bathtub, she reportedly turned the knife on herself, fracturing a vertebrae in her neck.

Ortega has remained mostly silent from her hospital bed, awaking from a medically induced coma to ask about her own family. But now the New York Post is reporting that a request to do an extra five hours of housework each week might have been the nanny’s motivation to murder.

“She said something like, ‘I’m paid to watch the children, not clean up and do housework,’ ” a law-enforcement source said to the New York Post of Yoselyn Ortega’s statements to police officials after she woke up from her coma on Sunday.

Sources told the Post there was tension between parents Kevin and Marina Krim and Ortega. Ortega was said to be suffering from psychological and financial problems, so the Krims offered to pay her extra to do housework for five hours each week in an effort to ease her money woes.

However, Ortega, who claimed her new schedule “interfered with her doctor’s appointments”, did not meet the Krim’s attempt at kindness kindly.

In addition to friction over the added job responsibilities, Ortega was told by her employers if “she didn’t improve her work, she would be let go,” according to law enforcement officials.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Ortega had worked with the family for two years and even traveled with them on vacation to her homeland.

The day after his children were found dead, Kevin Krim was said to have texted friends, “Thanks for your concern. [Our surviving child] Nessie woke up this morning and is doing fine. We’re obviously heartbroken.”

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