TODAY   |  October 26, 2012

Police say NYC nanny killed kids she cared for

Officials say a nanny in New York City killed two young children in her care and then attempted to take her own life. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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>>> with a tragic story here in new york city . a nanny is in critical condition this morning after police say she killed two young children in her care and then attempted to take her own life. nbc's mara schiavocampo is on manhattan's upper west side with more. good morning to you, mara .

>> reporter: good morning, natalie. this is a heartbreaking story, and every parent's worst nightmare. a mother of three returned home to her apartment here yesterday around 5:30 p.m . to discover two of her young children dead, and police say their nanny killed them. this apartment building on manhattan's upper west side was the scene of a horrific crime thursday when police say a nanny killed two young children in her care. the children's mother had taken her 3-year-old daughter to a swim lesson leaving her other children with the nanny . when she came home to a gruesome discovery.

>> she enters her apartment. the apartment is dark. she's assuming that the nanny may have gone out with the children. she goes down to the lobby to ask the doorman if in fact they had gone out. he goes no and goes back up in the apartment that's dark and she goes into the bathroom. that's when she discovered the bodies.

>> reporter: police say the nanny identified as 50-year-old joslin ortega seen leaving the building on the stretcher stabbed herself after she killed the children with a kitchen knife .

>> i can't imagine how the mother is feeling.

>> reporter: the victims are identified as 6-year-old lose i'll krimm and 2-year-old leah krimm. the father is an executive at cnbc and was out of town. he was greeted by new york city city who took him to the hospital who took her to the hospital to be with his wife and surviving 3-year-old child.

>> a grieving family searching for answers in the face of unspeakable tragedy. you can see that some flowers and candles have been left here. that nanny is in critical but stable condition and has not yet been charged. this morning cnbc released a statement saying in part there are simply no words to convey the magnitude of this tragedy. what we can do is come together and express our unwavering support for a friend in need. all of us at cnbc and nbc universal will be there for the family. natalie.

>> our hearts go out to the krimm family. thanks so much, mara schiavocampo.