NEW YORK - Police on Friday tried to piece together what happened in a posh Manhattan apartment where a mother found her two young children stabbed to death in a bathtub and their nanny attempting to slash her own throat.
The horror on Thursday, which took place in a luxurious neighborhood next to Central Park, shocked New Yorkers, who are used to leaving their children in the care of babysitters.
The nanny was hospitalized with neck and wrist cuts in an apparent suicide attempt and had not yet been charged Friday. She is the only suspect.
According to New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly, the mother, pediatrician Marina Krim, came home wondering why the nanny and the children, a boy aged two and his sister aged six, had failed to show up to a rendezvous.
When she got back, Krim at first thought they were not in the apartment either.
"She sees the lights out, she goes down to the lobby, she's assuming the nanny may have gone out with the children," Kelly said. "She goes down to the lobby, asks the doorman if they've gone out. He says no. She goes back up. The apartment is dark, she goes into the bathroom, (and) that's where she discovered the bodies."
Initial reports suggested the nanny had already attempted to commit suicide by the time Krim entered, but Kelly said Friday that it now appeared she began cutting herself just as Krim saw her children lying dead in the bathtub.
"We believe now that the nanny started to stab herself as the mother entered the bathroom," Kelly told a televised new conference.
The slain children's father, Kevin Krim, works for CNBC digital media.
The media company issued a statement saying one of its employees had "suffered an unimaginable loss. The sadness that we all feel for Kevin, Marina and their family is without measure."
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