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Nanny 'stabbed children to death'

A mother returned home to her luxury New York City apartment building to find two of her small children stabbed to death in a bath and their nanny, with self-inflicted stab wounds, lying near them.

The nanny, who was found near a knife, was taken to hospital in a critical condition and was in police custody. Authorities said she is suspected of killing the children, who were pronounced dead at hospital.

The children's father, CNBC digital media executive Kevin Krim, who had been away on a business trip, was met by police at the airport on his return and was given an escort to the hospital where his loved ones had gathered.

The couple's apartment building sits in one of the city's most idyllic neighbourhoods, a block from Central Park, near the Museum of Natural History and streets from the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts. The neighbourhood is home to many affluent families and seeing children accompanied by nannies is an everyday part of life there, making the idea of such violence even more disturbing to residents.

Music therapist Rima Starr, who lives on the same floor as the family, said she heard screams coming from their apartment at around 5.30pm. "There was some kind of screaming about, 'You slit her throat!'" she said. "It was horrible."

The children's mother, Marina Krim, entered the dark apartment with her three-year-old and initially thought her other two children were out with the 50-year-old nanny, police commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

She went downstairs and asked the doorman at her building, La Rochelle, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, whether he had seen them leave. When he said no, she went back upstairs and discovered her one-year-old son Leo and her six-year-old daughter Lucia, known as Lulu, in the bathroom, Mr Kelly said. It was unclear how many times the children were stabbed.

The nanny was found on the bathroom floor with stab wounds to her neck, and a kitchen knife was close by, police said. There was no water in the bath. Mr Kelly said it was unclear how long the nanny had worked for the family. Ms Starr said she believed the nanny had been hired just recently.

The family had moved to New York from San Francisco within the last few years. The children's father was named general manager of CNBC's digital media division in March, after working previously in digital media at Bloomberg. Their mother had a cooking blog and taught art classes to young children.

The family lived in a stately, late 19th-century building where one three-bedroom unit currently available for rent has an asking price of 10,000 dollars (£6,200) a month. They had a greyhound, retired from racing, named Babar.

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