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Nanny 'Was Losing Her Mind' Before Child Murders
The New York nanny accused of murdering two children in her care told relatives she was "losing her mind", according to reports.
Yoselyn Ortega, who remains in a critical condition in hospital after apparently stabbing herself, was struggling emotionally and financially, friends said.
Celia Ortega told the New York Post that her sister "had snapped", adding: "We don't understand what happened to her mind."
Neighbour Ruben Rivas told reporters she seemed to have suddenly aged in recent weeks and had lost weight.
Other friends said that Ortega had suffered a financial setback and was forced to move out of her rented apartment in the Bronx and into her sister's home.
Juan Pozo, who had rented a room from the Ortega family, told The New York Times that the nanny's sister told him that she had "felt like she was losing her mind" lately.
She had recently been taken by relatives to visit a psychologist, Mr Pozo said.
"Apparently over the last month she was not herself," said police department spokesman Paul Browne.
Police said they were unaware of any significant history of psychological problems for Ortega, but were investigating whether she had recently sought treatment.
Leo Krim, two, and Lucia, six, were found dying of stab wounds in the bath when their mother Marina returned to the family's Upper West Side apartment.
Mrs Krim had been with her other daughter Nessie while her husband Kevin was away on business.
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what do you think?
Society on the whole hand over kids to total strangers far too easily. It seems working is more important then being a full time mum for a lot of people.
I have to agree to be honest . As a registered childminder I often have phone calls on a Sunday asking can they bring children I have never met before on the Monday ! I always ask parents to visit with the child, show them my registration documents, insurance documents, references, training certificates, and advise them to go and see as many minders as possible as they will know when they have found the right person, every child is different and they should always go with their gut instinct and if they have any doubts -dont leave their child !!!! I never ask anyone to sign contracts until they have made several visits and each contract has a settling in period when they and me can change their mind and end the contract . If you met someone in the street would you give them the keys to your brand new sports car???? You would be surprised how many parents are prepared to leave their child with a complete stranger
It's a good job, then, that so many of you are honest and so thorough. People are all too ready to complain when things go wrong - even when they were negligent in doing the necessary research beforehand (not that I'm suggesting that's what happened in the report!).
It's a shame no-one closer to the poor kids noticed such an obvious deterioration in the nanny's health, which so many others seemed aware of but didn't see fit to raise the alarm.
That might have meant the parents taking a day off work or missing a lunch date god forbid!
People do go mad from financial stresses. I don't think anyone can really blame anyone for losing their mind. I don't know anybody who hasn't done, at least once. In today's World financial stresses are a matter of life and death. Anything could have made her go completely crazy. Even if she heard children discussing, perhaps, expensive Christmas presents or even something on the television. Or even their next holiday. I can't imagine anybody actually wanting to do anything like that to the children in those photographs. They look very happy and well behaved. They appear very well looked after.
The straw that broke the camels back. Very important in life to do something like tai chi.
Budhist meditation does it for me :-) used to have sort naval depression with both babies . Took anti-depressants for ten years . Been drug free for ten years and never looked back since the day I started meditation - effects are life changing :-)
Whoops sorry - should read post natal depression ;-)
I agree - life gets tough and many lose the plot completely. Good for you too, Kimberley, and damn that predictive text!