police tapeIn a story so horrific it's truly unfathomable, tonight a mother found her two small children stabbed to death in her upscale apartment in New York's Upper West Side. While some rumors are saying the nanny has been arrested, police have not officially confirmed.

According to the New York Daily News, Marina Krim, who works as a pediatrician, returned home around 5:30 p.m. with her 3-year-old daughter after swim practice and found the apartment dark. After confirming with the doorman that her nanny and children hadn't left the building she returned, and when she went in the bathroom and turned on the light there she saw the gruesome scene.

There were her other two babies -- a 2-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl -- bloodied and lifeless in the bathtub. Their nanny lay on the floor near the knife, with what authorities say appeared to be a self-inflicted cut on her own throat. The children were pronounced dead at the hospital; the 50-year-old nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, was immediately taken to the hospital and is in critical but stable condition.

The details as to what happened exactly are sparse at this time, and it's unknown how long she worked with the children. It's also unknown where the children's father -- Kevin Krim, who is CNBC’s general manager of digital content -- was at the time of the stabbings. And, of course, the biggest question of all remains -- why?

I'm sure more details will be revealed in coming hours and days, but none of them will change the horrific nature of the case, which is sure to send shock waves through the country as it brings to the surface the fears every parent has when leaving their children with anyone but family. It's truly everyone's worst nightmare, which is now this poor family's reality.

Everyone is making assumptions right now about what happened, and with the fact laid out like they are, it's hard not to. WE can do all the background checks in the world, and we know that most caregivers are amazing and loving, but it's the random, horrific incidents like this that stay in our heads as we walk out the door and leave our children. We wonder how much we can really trust them, how well we really know them, and we hope for the best ... just the same way I bet this mother did.

Do stories like this make you question your childcare providers?

 

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