Nanny Killed Two Children; Their Mother Asked Me To Clean For Five Hours

A very sad story of a family who lost their two beautiful children. Someone they trusted to care for their children turned out to be their children’s killer. 


She wants me to clean for five hours a week’: Pathetic complaints of nanny who knifed two children to death are revealed in notes exposing her resentment at having to look after house and kids


A New York nanny who knifed two children in her care to death complained about the youngsters’ mother in her first statement to police, handwritten notes reveal. Yoselyn Ortega, 55, moaned about having to clean the Upper West Side apartment and look after Lucia Krim, six, and Leo Krim, two, despite it being her job. Two days after the attack, shackled to a hospital bed and with a tube down her throat, she dictated statements to NYPD Sgt. Yoel Hidalgo, using an alphabet board.

She said: ‘I had to do everything and take care of the kids. I worked as a babysitter only and she wanted me to do everything. She wanted five hours of cleaning every week.’

Ortega is accused of stabbing the children multiple times and waiting for their mother – Marina – to come home and see the aftermath.

The suspected murderer then plunged a knife into her own neck. Yoselyn Ortega, 55, is currently on trial (above in court last Friday) charged with murdering siblings Leo and Lucia Krim in their Upper West Side apartment back in October 2012. In her first statement to police following the murders, Ortega complained about the children’s mother, the New York Post reports.

I had to do everything and take care of the kids,’ she said when she woke up in hospital.

‘I worked as babysitter only and she (Krim) wanted me to do everything so wanted 5 hours of cleaning every week.’Ortega also said she didn’t want to clean, ‘because of soap’. Hidalgo told jurors she pointed to her pinky finger after making this statement. In the days before the killings, Marina said Ortega had shown her a bleach burn on her pinky finger. Marina went out and bought natural cleaning products, she testified in court last week.

She also said she paid Ortega $100 extra per week for the five hours of cleaning, according to the New York Post. Speaking about taking down Ortega’s statement, Hidalgo said: ‘When I got things wrong she would make a grunting, gargling sound. She would tap on the railing. She would show frustration. Even small facial expressions, she would make.’Ortega has claimed she heard voices and was ‘touched by the devil’, which drove her to kill the young children in October 2012. Psychologists have refuted this, but the 55-year-old – who is on trial – has pleaded not guilty, claiming insanity.

On March 2, Marina stormed out of the courtroom after screaming at Ortega. ‘You’re evil and you love this! You like this!’ Krim screamed, wailing ‘Get me out of here. Please, get me out of here. Get me out!’ as she was escorted out of the courtroom by court officers for a short break. The judge told jurors to disregard the outburst.

Prosecutors say two-year-old Leo was stabbed five times and his six-year-old sister Lucia, also known as Lulu, was stabbed 30 times after she fought back. Ortega had allegedly grabbed the two kitchen knives and butchered the children while their mother was blocks away at a dance studio where Lulu was supposed to be.

It is claimed Ortega waited until Marina had found her children dead in the bathroom before plunging a knife into her own neck so that she could relish in the devastated woman’s pain and horror.Ortega was supposed to pick up Lulu from kindergarten and walk her to dance class before going home to put Leo down for nap. The children’s mother had taken her other daughter, three-year-old Nessie, to a swimming class. Marina had shown up to the dance studio to pick up LuLu and panicked when she noticed her daughter wasn’t there.

She frantically texted Ortega: ‘Where’s Lulu… Donde Estas… Where are you’ but Oretga never answered.  Jurors were also shown photos of the blood-spattered bathroom where the bodies of the children were found with their eyes open. The bottom of the bathtub was almost entirely red. At least two jurors wiped away tears as they took in the horror images, while others gasped and held their faces. The photos were taken roughly seven hours after Marina found her children’s bodies and saw Ortega stabbing herself in the neck.

Dr. Thomas Caffrey, the therapist who saw Ortega just three days before the killings, said she hadn’t appeared suicidal or murderous during their session. He told the court on Thursday she had booked her first and only appointment with him on October 22, 2012, to discuss a variety of different issues including anxiety, depression, and guilt. Caffrey said there was ‘no evidence’ she suffered from delusions or hallucinations. ‘She didn’t tell me about any concerns about voices or visions, smells, tactile. No indication of hallucinations,’ Caffrey testified in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to the New York Post. ‘Her concerns seemed to be about her heart, her anxiety, her son, her sister, her money. She impressed me as a worried, anxious, frightened person.’

During his testimony, Ortega sat in court, shaking her head, and pursed her lips and told her lawyer: ‘No, no.’ She faces a minimum of 20 years imprisonment if she is convicted and could be jailed for life without parole.  The Krims use a Facebook page to post updates on how they are doing, writing about the arrival of two new children, Felix born in 2013 and Linus in 2016. The couple started the Lulu and Leo Fund, which aims to support innovative art programs for children. They recently posted a video message on Facebook asking that people mention the fund as their case becomes news again.

Please let us support them with our prayers and donation to their charity organisation.

Article as seen on Daily Mail Online

The Gift of YOU: Five ways to invest in yourself

The Gift of YOU: Five ways to invest in yourself

I once had a patient; career female in her 40’s with chronic knee pain who wanted to get her knees ‘fixed’ by the bone doctors.

The only problem is both knees were painful and she was of robust proportions. After several visits of dancing around the issue, she blurted out “Doctor, I know I’m fat” in a jovial manner “I’d rather give up my left arm than not eat though” she continued. We both laughed about it and left it at that. She had made a choice.

Investing in anything (business, children, health) is a slow and sometimes painful process. The end however justifies the means.

As I discussed at the Passionate Empowered Women Networking evening, you are your most valuable asset.

Five ways to start or increase your investment in yourself:

  • Health MOT: a basic check of your health and fitness. If you are under 40,your check can be done at your local gym.
  • Nutrition: What you put in your mouth is as important as the next point. Indulge once in a while; however keep most of your food clean. Avoid refined sugars and excessive snacking.
  • Exercise: This is a lifesaver. 150minutes a week of intense physical exercise will not only keep you looking awesome, it will improve your physical and most of all mental health. It would have helped my patient with her knees. Start small and keep going. You can do it!
  • Read (Learn): ‘knowledge is power’. I love a good book however with a busy lifestyle you may find it challenging to carve out the time. Try podcasts, audiobooks and summaries.
  • Sleep: The benefits of a good night’s sleep are endless. The average adult requires between 6-8hrs of sleep. Research after research has found strong evidence between lack of sleep and disease. Give yourself the gift of sleep.

A little bit each day goes a long way. Let me know how your investment is going! Good luck!

Article written byDr Monica Alabi Monica Alabi Healthcare Consultant –  Vine Health

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The Great Holiday Dilemma


The Great Holiday Dilemma

The biggest dilemma people face when trying to book a holiday is: will they save by booking early or are there better deals available at the last-minute? Here we will help you look at both arguments to enable you find the best option.

Your current situation

If you have a family with children of School age, work in a job with restricted holiday times or have a fixed idea on the type of holiday you want to go on, booking as soon as possible will be your best bet.
Try getting in early to enable you get the pick of the crop and to get the holiday you want before everyone else jumps in and snaps up those valuable seats on the plane. This is especially important for departures during the busy school holiday periods.

However, if you’re just after a relaxing week away in the sun as a pick-me-up or are happy to be inspired by deals currently available, booking late and waiting for a bargain might suit you better.

How flexible are you?

If you have to travel at a set time or have a specific room or hotel requirement, booking now will mean you won’t have to compromise on your day of departure, or any other element of your break – one perk of booking early is that, you’ll get the best choice of hotel or hotel room type, destinations and holiday length.

If, on the other hand, you are truly flexible in terms of where and when you can travel then leaving it late and playing ‘holiday roulette’ can pay off with some excellent late deals. You are definitely not going to find many last-minute bargains in peak periods, though, so be aware that holiday choices will be limited and last-minute prices tends to rise, not fall – even for package holidays.

Note too that any holiday involving a low-cost or scheduled flight is highly unlikely to ever get cheaper except on an off-peak date to a destination that is not currently popular. In our experience, prices for these trips always go upwards the later you leave it.

The offers

Bet you think best offers are always available at the last minute, right? Wrong! Booking early means you can take advantage of early booking discounts such as free or highly discounted child places, free night deals, meal deals, room upgrade deals and single traveller deals– all of which can greatly reduce the total cost of your holiday.

Again, if you’re flexible and purely motivated by price, a last-minute deal might be better for you. Sign up to TravelConzult newsletters to stand the best chance of spotting those killer deals before anyone else.

Top Tip!!!

If you book in advance, always opt for an ATOL-backed package holiday if possible and ensure you buy a decent travel insurance policy as soon as you book not only for peace of mind but to protect your holiday from unforeseen events from now until you return from your break.

Article written by: Riyike Makinde CEO/Travel Consultant – TravelConzult

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ABCD of Money Management

ABCD of Money Management

We all want to get rich (Well, most of us). Ask any average person and most people are aspiring to the same old thing. Becoming financially independent. But what exactly are we doing with our current finances to help us get there? It’s not going to happen by magic, we actively have to plan to get there.

A: Always track the Money

Do you know how much you have in your bank account today? Do you know how much you owe?

Do you know how much your bills are? If the answer is no, then how do you plan on becoming financially independent if you do not know where you are financially today and how much you will need to officially say “I am now financially independent”. Think about it. It might sound like a chore, but find the best way for you to track your finances. For the non?spreadsheet fans, there are many apps out there today that will help you track the money.

B: Budget! Budget!! Budget!!!

Some people hear this word and run a mile. But it need not be complicated. I earn X, I then spend X on A, B and C and I have Z left. Without planning on how you wish to spend your cash, you will never be able to know how far that cash can go and how it can help you achieve your plans.

Money is a tool. If you do not use it well, you will waste it. A simple pen and paper will help you know that out of 4,000 I have been paid, 3,000 covers all my bills so it means I can save 1,000 every single month and at the end of the year I should have 12,000 in my account. Simply put, if you fail to plan, then you have successfully planned to fail. If you do not give your money a name, it will take on the name of whatever situation you happen to find yourself in.

C: Credit

The ultimate passport in the western world! Your credit score is something you must protect. The fastest way to creating wealth is by using other people’s time and most especially other people’s

Money. If you do not take care of your credit, you have lost access to the fastest way of raising finance for projects that will facilitate your journey to financial independence. Pay your bills on time, set up direct debits for the minimum payment if you may not remember. This way you don’t fall foul of missing payment dates. Be strategic about owning and using credit cards. Remember, money is a tool and your credit is also a tool. A tool you can choose to do good or bad with.

D: Debt

Simply put, if you do not find a way to manage your debt, especially bad debt (Bad debts are those that drain your wealth, and offer no real prospect of ‘paying for themselves’ in the future) it will control your future and your finances. To help control and pay off your bad debt (Those bags you did not need, or the luxury holiday you could not afford), you must 1st of all know exactly how much you know and to whom you owe it to. Build the repayment of the debt into your budget to know how much you can safely afford to pay off each month.

Article written by: Folake Abiola – James BA Hons. ACCA, DipPFS, Financial Controller – September 2017

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Financially Independent? What does it really mean

Financially Independent – Part 1

How many times have you written as part of your vision, to be Financially Independent?

Year after year whilst reviewing my goals, I wondered when this vision would be achieved. This got me thinking, what exactly does it mean? What is Financial Independence? I just thought it was having enough money to live comfortably without having to worry. As I thought it through, I realised it required more than just that.

For most people, the time taken for them to reach Financial Independence will differ. This is influenced by lifestyle, taste, where you are in life (Single, married, kids) and your priorities.

So, what is it?

To be Financially Independent, you need to have assets that generate income greater than your expenses. Assets can include rental property, a business, or investments. Ideally, you shouldn’t have to actively work to earn this income.

Take for example a 25 year old who has a monthly expense of £500 monthly. If they own a property and the property generates cash after all expenses of £700, they have achieved Financial Independence, and they are now free to spend their time doing the thing they enjoy without needing to work a regular job to pay their bills.

If, on the other hand, a 50-year-old earns £50,000 a month but has expenses that equal more than that per month, they are not Financially Independent because they still have to earn the difference each month just to pay all their bills.

Reaching Financial Independence is simple. You can find out how much you need to save using the 4% rule. The 4% Rule is known as the safe withdrawal rate, or the amount of expenses you should be able to withdraw from your savings each year when you retire without touching the principal. This number is based on a study from Trinity University that determined 4% is a good rate to withdraw per year for around 30-years retirement.

Here’s a handy chart to show you how much you’ll need to save based on possible yearly expenses.

£20,000.00 £500,000.00
£30,000.00 £750,000.00
£40,000.00 £1,000,000.00
£50,000.00 £1,250,000.00
£60,000.00 £1,500,000.00
£70,000.00 £1,750,000.00

I can imagine the gasps the above table generates the 1st time one sees it. To be Financially Independent, there is one crucial factor on achieving this. PLANNING! You need to have a financial plan and a budget so you know what money is coming in and going out. Having a clear view of your income and expenses can help identify appropriate strategies to move towards your financial goals.

Another crucial factor is your debt, especially bad debt (Bad debts are those that drain your wealth, and offer no real prospect of ‘paying for themselves’ in the future.) If you do not tackle your debt, it will control your future and your journey to financial independence.

In my next article, I will explore some steps to take to start the journey to financial independence.

Article written by: Folake Abiola – James BA Hons. ACCA, DipPFS, Financial Controller – October 2017

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The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. You should consult with a financial advisor to determine what may be best for your individual needs ~ Folake Abiola- James

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